Karna, the college stud in many ways, dabbles with love, friendship, heartache and self-discovery in his extended years in college. These are made memorable by two women, Saanvi, his senior, and Aarya, his junior.
It was the trailer of Kirik Party that got people people excited, given its references to college life, especially for those in engineering institutions. The film has lived up to its expectations and how. One really does not look for a edge-of-the-seat story in films of these genres. This isn't the regular college caper either. Kirik Party, instead, promises an experience to the viewer that leaves them happy, satiated and walking out feeling good, reminiscing about college, friends and love.
The film is about Karna, played by Rakshit. It traces his life through his years in the college. From being the adorable, cheeky first year student to becoming a name that brings fear in all, the film sees varied hues of this student's character and Rakshit does a commendable job. The scene before the interval, which sees a big transformation in Karna's character, lingers in one's mind.
Both the new heroines have added their own quirks to the film. Rashmika Mandanna as Saanvi is easily that pin-up girl in college and she breathes her path. Samyuktha Hegde, on the other hand, as the bubbly Aarya, has a tough act to follow given the peppy first half and impresses by holding her own in crucial scenes.
One could have wished for some more meatier roles for the friends, but that's pardonable, given that one walks out of the film with a smile and many fun moments to discuss. There are parts of the film that remind one of films like Bangalore Days, Premam, 3 idiots and Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya, but those are just moments, as the films gives the Kannada audience something to call their own in this genre.
The film scores high on technical values. Karm Chawla is top notch as the cinematographer. Ajaneesh Loknath's music and re-recording ensures one is involved with the film throughout. The film is edited tightly, despite it clocking over two-and-a-half hours. Rishab Shetty has done a good job in ensuring the college scenes, dialogues and situations are real.
The film might seem to be a couple of minutes too long at times, but it doesn't really matter, since most films of this genre require that extra time to build that familiarity in the minds of the audience. Go ahead, watch this film and relive nostalgia from your college days.