College is a commonly explored theme in films, it is usually the time of graduation that is shown but this film does justice to the title ‘Padavi Poorva’ meaning Pre-University. A not-so-fresh story yet the film succeeds to touch you through strong writing, and brilliant on-screen performances. Here is the review of the Kannada film, Padavi Poorva.
Pipi Naveena, beautifully essayed by Pruthvi Shamanur, has just entered PUC, and is the ‘Kukkad Kamalda’ of the college. More than anything he values his friends. Nithya essayed by Anjali Anish plays his love interest. While Naveena has his dream for the future as his father wants to see him as a doctor, destiny has other plans for him. A situation arises when Naveena’s relationship with his friends puts him to the test, even to the extent of sacrificing himself for the sake of saving his friends. How will Naveen save this, is a question the film answers.
The most outstanding aspect of the film is the way it takes you back to the nostalgia of the 90s. This was very recently pulled off by Darling Krishna in Love Mocktail 1 but the Padavi Poorva team has hit it out of the park with nuances they have touched. The film offers a ride with fun, love, drama, and such elements are interwoven well.
Performances by Pruthvi Shamanur, Anjali Anish, Yasha Shivakumar, Rajneesh, Sharath Lohitashwa, and Rangayana Raghu are all commendable and Arjun Janya’s novel music adds the right flavors you need. The film is also shot beautifully and each frame is well-colored.
The underwhelming aspect is that the screenplay could be more gripping and is not a message-oriented film. All in all the film conveys the right emotions and has gotten the audience’s pulse. But will it bag the same revenue? Only time will tell.