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.
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