Madhura Sreedhar Reddy, who came into the limelight with Sneha Geetham, is known as a class director and he always makes movies with a message. His latest directorial venture Back Bench Student is no different from his usual filmmaking style. What makes it different from his previous ventures is that he has given a commercial touch to it and made it a beautiful entertainer, which is sure to rock young audience.
Back Bench Student is a romance drama and the director has included a few commercial elements like comedy and also a couple of lip-lock scenes to lure the young film goers. This does not mean that it is an out and out masala film. Within his sensibilities and film making style, he has done a few changes to make things more appealing to mainstream movie lovers. Mahat Raghavendra's excellent performance is the main highlight in the film Back Bench Student.
Madhura Sreedhar's realistic and relatable story, Sunil Kashyap's melodious music, PG Vinda's beautiful picturisation, Piaa Bajpai and Archana Kavi's glamour, Brahmanandam-Ali's comedy and exotic locations are its other strength. But the biggest drawback is that the film drags and bores you in the second half. Taking inspiration from Abdul Kalam's statement, "The best brains of the nation may be found on the back benches of the classroom," the director has tried to offer two beautiful messages to youth. Firstly, failing in exams is not the end of life.
Every person is born with a talent and he/she needs to identify and develop it. Secondly, everyone must have social responsibility. To impart these two aspects, he has weaved a love story and has also included some comic moments to add entertainment quotient. Madhura Sreedhar was basically offering career guidance to students and the story of Back Bench Student is loosely based on life of a guy, who had come to him for guidance a few years ago. This depressed Engineering student had failed in 16 subjects. The director had identified his talent and encouraged him to take it up. Today, he is earning a lakh a month.
The story of Back Bench Student revolves around Karthik, Priyanka and Chaitra. Karthik (Mahat Raghavendra) is a careless Engineering student, who is least bothered about his studies the result of which is 16 backlogs. He is love with his classmate Priyanka (Archana Kavi), who spits from him and leave for USA to pursue MS. The hell breaks loose when his parents (Sharath Babu and Pragathi) come to know about the backlogs. While he is in search of a job to support himself, he hooks up with Chitra (Piaa Bajpayee). Meanwhile, Priyanka comes back from the US in search of Karthik. What happens next will form the rest of the story?
Mahat Raghavendra is absolutely unfit for the role of a hero. He neither has the talent to emote nor could at least try to show any kind of body language or ease. He could not show any ease in dances. The audience could not accept him as a college student at least.
Piaa Bajpai is the saving grace. Her screen presence spills some magical moments as she could fill some glamour slot and audiences could find some kind of action in her.Another heroine Archana Kavi is also similar to Mahat. She also does not fit in her role. She has no glamour and at the same time she has no inclination to emote in any of the scene and has failed to give any kind of expressions.
Surprisingly, Brahmanandam too could not impress the audiences with his performance. Saratbabu, Pragati and Benarjee did justice to their respective roles.However, Ali is another person who gave a good performance as a software company manager. He did a very decent and neat job.
In the technical front, Sunil Kashyap's music is good and a couple of his compositions are hummable. But his background score fails to elevate any of the scenes. GK Prasad's camera work is also commendable.
Lakshmi Bhoopal's dialogues are average and good in parts. Kakarla Dharmendra's editing lacks smartness. He has failed to cut many of the boring scenes especially in the second half. Madhura Sridhar seems to have failed in all departments like story, screenplay and characterisation and he needs to take responsibility for the failure of the show.
Overall, Back Bench Student is an average entertainer. The first half is good, but the second half drags and bores. It should be seen how youth will accept it.