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First Day First Show

First Day First Show Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

First Day First Show Movie Review : This romantic comedy is an ode to PSPK but fails to deliver

Story: Srinu (Srikanth Reddy) is a hardcore fan of power star Pawan Kalyan, and watching his idol’s film first-day first show is a must. Set in Narayankhed in 2001, the film recreates the hysteria surrounding the release of new films in the town. PSPK’s Kushi is scheduled to be released, and Srinu has a mission — to get the tickets for the first show. His quest turns even more intense when Laya (Sanchita Bashu), the girl of his dreams from his class, decides to watch the first show with him. Now, it turns into a race against time and upholding the word he had given to Laya. His arduous and absurd efforts to get two tickets and the ensuing drama form the crux of the whole story. Did Srinu get the tickets for the first show?

Review: The story began in Narayankhed on April 25, 2001. The town gears up for the release of PSPK’s Kushi, and banners are put up across the town. Srinu is the biggest fan of PSPK in the town; his day begins and ends with his idol’s thoughts. He dresses, walks and carries himself, emulating his hero. He knows every detail about PSPK. Srinu’s father (Tanikella Bharani), a highly respected teacher in the town, disapproves of his fan worship and considers his son’s actions disgraceful. Parallelly, Srinu is in love with Laya, his classmate, who reciprocates and responds positively. Everything that happens in the town seems connected to cinema and PK’s new release in particular. The makers tried to create a romantic comedy over this single agenda plot.

The first half manages to entertain in parts, thanks to debutants, Srikant Reddy’s committed performance, Sanchita Bashu’s expressive eyes and mesmerising smile, and Vennela Kishore’s comic timing as Ravi anna. The second half tries to do the same but turns into an overstretch. The makers could have made the film more entertaining. However, the other cast Tanikella Bharani, Srinivas Reddy, CVL Narasimha Rao, Prabhas Sreenu, Mahesh Achanta, Vamshidhar Goud, Sai Charan Bojja and others did their job well.

The dialogues and writing by Anudeep KV with all the expectations could have been better. The crew includes directors Vamshidhar Goud and Lakshminarayana Puttamchetty; music director Radhan; DOP Prasanth Ankireddy; editor Gullapalli Sambasivarao; lyricists Ramajogayya Sastry, Vamshidhar Goud, Vasu Valaboju; singers SPB Charan, Ram Miriyala, Anthony Daasan and Sarath Santosh. The three songs integrated into the plot provide much-needed relief.

First Day First Show, which opened to high expectations, feels like an overstretch of a thin storyline. It invokes nostalgia from the 90s and early Y2K and might appeal to hardcore Pawan Kalyan fans but otherwise fails to deliver. Nevertheless, watch it for impressive performances by the lead pair, occasional humour and decent music by Radhan.

– Paul Nicodemus

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