Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare review: A bustling, unconventional comedy caper

Posted By: Shweta Khandal

Posted On: July 22, 2023


In the 2018 film Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi by Tharun Bhasker, four best friends come together again and reignite their friendship by joining a short filmmaking festival.

The reason for entering the competition might be a bit complicated, but the movie shows how friends can support each other in pursuing their individual passions.

In Nithin Krishnamurthy’s film Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare, there’s a similar idea of making a short film, but it’s different from the Telugu film because it doesn’t focus on promoting strong friendship among its characters.

In this new Kannada film, the concept of male bonding and their quirks is similar, but it doesn’t have a clear main character, and the story isn’t meant to be taken seriously.

Instead, Nithin Krishnamurthy and the team seem more interested in making fun of themselves throughout the movie.

The movie causes a lot of chaos because it takes place in a big boys’ college hostel, and everything is under the control of the characters themselves.

They handle the camera and the point of view. The hostel becomes a busy place with many things happening all at once, especially on the night before a big exam.

Surprising events keep popping up, making everything even more hectic. Just like in the Telugu film, it all starts with the idea of making a short film.

Ajith (Prajwal BP) wants to make a short film, but his friends think his idea is missing two important things – a story and a structure.

Despite this, he comes up with a plan that seems destined to fail, but he unknowingly drags his friends into the mess.

Something like a “crime” happens in the big hostel campus, and a small group of boys, along with their hostel warden, gets involved in it.

I won’t go into details about the warden’s role, but what’s crucial to know is that they must avoid getting caught by the other hostel boys and make sure they end the night on the right side of the law.

The best part of Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is its setup. Every scene is full of life, noise, and exciting things happening, thanks to the many important characters in the story.

Nithin Krishnamurthy, the director, focuses not only on the plot but also on the small moments that make the movie special.

At every corner, we meet interesting characters who add to the story’s excitement, and before we know it, the movie has reached an exciting climax.

After watching Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare, you might find yourself talking about the thrilling “twist” that happens during the interval, and it’s no surprise why that part is so gripping.

The movie has many surprising moments leading up to that point, and the world it creates is full of interesting and unusual things to take in.

The funny one-liners, the sudden camera movements, and the relatable characters all make the movie even more enjoyable.

One of the best things about Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is how they use the camera. The whole movie is shown from a specific point of view, like we are seeing things through the characters’ eyes.

Sometimes, they switch to other small side stories using things like Facebook Live or video calls, but they keep using the same storytelling style.

But because of this, the writer-director faces a challenge. He ends up putting too many extra stories in the movie, which makes it feel a bit crowded, just to build up to a big ending that matches the exciting setup.

As the movie tries to reach a thrilling ending, the second half gets a bit confusing because the writing struggles to meet the audience’s high hopes.

Instead, the film relies on some entertaining but not very creative plot twists. One thing I didn’t like was how they used popular actress Ramya as “eye candy,” showing her as different emojis on the screen from time to time. It didn’t seem to fit well with the rest of the story.

Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is a great movie, mainly because of how well it’s made. Arvind Kashyap, who’s also a part of the cast, handles the camera skillfully and captures all the chaos and energy perfectly.

This makes the movie feel very professional. The cast, led by Prajwal BP, Manjunath Naik, Rakesh Rajkumar, Srivatsa, Tejas, and others, including Nithin Krishnamurthy himself, who plays the senior character ‘Genie’, all do a fantastic job. They bring the story to life and keep the energy high throughout the film.

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