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Hostel Movie Review

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Critic’s Rating : 2.0 / 5

Hostel Movie Review : An unimaginative remake that is lost in translation

Hostel Movie Synopsis: A girl gets trapped inside a boys’ hostel, which is under surveillance of a strict warden. Why has she entered the place and what happens next?

Hostel Movie Review: Campus tales have and always been a favourite genre for a wider section of audience. That too, when the entire film is set against the backdrop of a boys hostel, what one would expect is ample amount of fun, laughter, tears and love. However, Ashok Selvan’s latest flick, Hostel, is purely made with an intention to evoke mindless laughter among the viewers and manages to do that but in parts. A remake of the hit Malayalam film, Adi kapyare Kootamani (2015), the film is all about what happens when a girl gets trapped in a boys’ hostel, which has a strict warden.

While the original had its one-liners and comedy of errors rightly placed, the remake is bit chaotic and looks like its lost in translation.

In the very first scene, we are introduced to hostel warden, Father Kuriakose (Nasser), who is not only strict but firmly believes that discipline is everything. However, most of the hostel students whom we come across are either alcoholic or sex-deprived. In fact, the protagonist of the film, Kathir (Ashok Selvan) himself is introduced to us as a guy who finds it tough to look away from the body parts of a woman who is exercising in a nearby park. If only scenes that objectify women are banned, probably, filmmakers might then come up with better scenes and ideas.

Coming back to the story, Adhirshtalakshmi (Priya Bhavani Shankar) encounters Kathir in the park and realises that he is hit by financial issues. She offers a huge sum to get him out of the trouble and in return, asks him to take her into the boys hostel where he stays. Kathir finds it a fair deal and takes her into the hostel as promised. What follows is a fun ride as she gets trapped in there among the bunch of hostelites, the strict warden and his assistant, Sathappan (Munishkanth). Why Adhirshtalakshmi wanted to enter the hostel and what’s so mysterious about the place form the rest of the film’s story.

Ashok Selvan is one of the busiest actor in the industry these days and he often keeps experimenting with films that he is a part of. Hostel is in start contrast with his previous film, Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, as it dealt with human emotions. In this, wevsee him as a final-year hostel student, who’s without any dreams or motivations. In fact, most of the characters in the film are the same and often rely on double entendres which land badly except in a few instances.

While the initial staging of the film id interesting, the plot starts losing its grip when the filmmaker shifts its genre in the name of comedy. The second half is written like a usual horror comedy that is neither funny nor scary. Aranthangi Nisha comes as a ghost who wants to marry and have an intimate relationship with Saathappan, Kuriokose’s assistant. The scenes have no connect and it only disconnect us from the lead characters.

However, the combination scenes between Munishkanth and Nasser work well and might entertain a section of audience. Ravi Maria, who plays Priya Bhavani Shankar’s father, does a good job. The second half of the film would have atleast worked well with kids if only had they avoided the adult jokes.

Priya Bhavani Shankar has done a decent job and does justice to her role. The attitude that she carries throughout the film is the same and this really works. While the background score, composed by Bobo Shashi, adds value to the script, the songs are average. A couple of scenes in the first half are out of focus and do not seem technically sound. Not sure if it was intentional considering the genre, but the cinematographer could have done a better job. The framing in the second half is good and deserves appreciation. Overall, Hostel doesn’t do justice to the original.

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