Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5
10th Class Diaries Movie Review : An honest effort which shines in parts
Review: Well-known cinematographer Garudavega Anji turned director with the film 10th Class Diaries. Anji, who also handled the cinematography department, shines in his territory, especially after the interval. It was an honest effort, and he did a commendable job putting together a coming-of-age romantic comedy. The drawback of this movie is its rhetorical theme, which the Telugu audience has experienced time and again in films – from Naa Autograph to recent Janu. The school flashback in the first half needed better treatment and performance refinement. However, the BGM by Chinna and the music composed by Suresh Bobbili of Virataparvam are decent and try to amplify the emotion. The film also threw light upon misogyny and false pride and honour that have been plaguing certain sections of society. Based on actual events, the film will impress the audience in parts.
The camaraderie, timing and situational humour among the old school friends Somu (Sriram), Gourav (Vennela Ramarao), Half Boil (Srinivas Reddy), Nagalakshmi (Himaja) and Soumya (Archana) will definitely make you laugh. Avika Gor as Chandini will surprise the audience with her intense and committed performance, and classic Nassar aced his role as a crude and nonchalant father. While Bhanu, Rohini, Satya Krishna and Madhumita played important parts, the other cast included Tagubotu Ramesh, Gemini Suresh, Ambati Srinu, Jabardast Ramu, Chitram Srinu, Jabardast Borababu, Ganapati, Shivaji Raja, Rupa Lakshmi and Rajeswari Nair. The movie, edited by Prawin Pudi, had choreography by Shekar and Vijay Bunny, fights by Jashuva Master and was designed by Ananth.
Like other films dealing with school days, this film will also make you recollect your past and bring back many memories. However, while the movie succeeds in taking you back in time and making you recall precious moments, its rhetorical theme, archaic screenplay and overarching emotions at places became its bane. What works in favour of the film is its light-hearted humour, the effervescent feeling of love, cinematic and peppy vibe after the interval and impressive performances by the lead and supporting actors.
– Paul Nicodemus