Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Padavi Poorva Movie Review : A nostalgic trip into the 90s
Review: The film opens in 1996 in a PU college. Naveen (Prithvi Shamanur) is a brilliant student. His father Ramanna (Sharath Lohithashwa) wants him to study well and become a doctor. But, Naveen fancies taking up the job of a sculptor, just like his father. While Naveen is happy in life with his friends – Viji, Raji, Harsha and Poorna – Nithya (Anjali Aneesh) enters. The course of his life changes dramatically when he falls in love with her. A petty fight splits the gang. The rest of the story paces on what happens next.
The pre-university days are golden days. Director Hariprasad Jayanna, in his first film, has attempted to take the audience the 90s, and has succeeded in it. Pre-university days are when many firsts happen. The ‘college era’ is lucrative to teenagers. It is the time where children move from school to college with joy as they are not under the watchful eyes of their parents. This newfound freedom comes with a few responsibilities too. They enter college to make new friends, fall in love, fight with a few, but only to come together when the phase ends. Padavi Poorva rekindles this memory.
Director Hariprasad Jayanna makes a promising debut. He has narrated a simple and beautiful story realistically. Cinematography is Padavi Poorva’s biggest strength; Santosh Rai Pataje has done a brilliant job in transporting the audience into the 90s with his camera work. Music by Arjun Janya is catchy. Pruthvi proves to be a bankable actor in his very first film. Anjali, too, excels in her debut. Sharath Lohithashwa shines in a non-negative role after decades.
Padavi Poorva can be enjoyed by everyone who want to remember their college days and take a trip down memory lane.