Pencil Movie Review – Okay Murder Mystery

Rating: 2.5/5

2016-05-13T14:42:07+00:00
Critic Rating: (2.5/5)
There are many instances in past where directors becoming actors and actors becoming directors. Not only them, but change in profession has become common in film industry. Music directors like GV Prakash Kumar and Vijay Anthony became actors and added some decent hits to their kitty. GV Prakash is coming as an antagonist in the movie titled “Pencil”, which is directed by Mani Nagaraj and GV Prakash as composer itself. Let’s see how it works on us!

Story

GV Prakash Kumar, Sri Divya in Pencil Movie Latest Stills
GV Prakash Kumar, Sri Divya in Pencil Movie Latest Stills

Shiva (GV Prakash Kumar) is a very bright student and topper of the school. He loves his classmate Maaya Devineni (Sri Divya) one sidedly. Nitin (Shaariq Hassan) is a son of Telugu Superstar Suresh Babu who is very bad at behaviour and high in attitude because of his rich and powerful dad. Nitin always creates problems for his fellow students. Nitin and Shiva has clashes from the beginning because of their statuses. Once Nitin burns thesis prepared by Shiva for his UNESCO speech for two years. He warns Nitin to kill. Nitin puts a spy cam in girl’s washroom and gets to shoot an intimate scene between his two unmarried and loving teachers. He starts to blackmail them. After some messed up scenes, Nitin gets murdered with a pencil and Shiva is framed. How Shiva and Maaaya together solved this murder case forms the rest of story.

Cast and Performance

G V Prakash Kumar as an actor is growing from film to film. There is a lot of change when compared to his previous film Thrisha Ledha Nayanathara. He played character named Shiva, a topper who is also in desperation of love. Sri Divya as Maaya Devineni has done a nice job. She played a role who is very brave and has a clarity on what she is doing. Shaariq Hassan has done superb job as Nitin. He is at a lot of ease in his acting. His did his role with lot of conviction. VT Ganeshan is funny. Other actors did a fine job with their roles.

Writing Department

Pencil Photos
Pencil Photos

Story Line of Pencil is very thin. Screenplay is okay. Dialogues are good.

Technical Departments

GV Prakash Kumar as a music composer has done a very mediocre job. Tunes are not upto his mark. He should have taken care of his compositions. He did a good job with his background music. Visuals of Gopi Amarnath are nice. His lighting and framing are an added bonus to visuals and mood of the film. Anthony’s cuts are okay. He should have done a better job. Rajeevan has done good job with his art work. Super and Dileep Subbarayan’s stunts are nice. Production values are rich.

Highlights

  • Shaariq Hassan as Nitin
  • Cinematography by Gopi Amarnath

Minus

  • Songs by GV Prakash Kumar

Verdict

This movie revolves around murder of Nitin, son of Telugu Superstar Suresh Babu, played by Shaariq Hassan. It happens in a school where they are studying. First half of the movie is consumed by introduction of all the characters and conflicts between leads. Screenplay is fine. Everything that happens in this half is connected to Shaariq Hassan’s character. Hatred on him is elevated to a very high level by which audience go clueless on zeroing about who is the real murderer. This half ends where Maaya sees Siva as murderer of Nitin. What audience gets with this half is clear cut confusion and some okay entertainment. This half neither have edge of the seat thrilling elements or laughter moments. It just an okay first half. Second half is where Maaya and Shiva starts to know the real killer. Screenplay here is also not great. Inspection scenes written to generate comedy goes pale and fail to generate the expected level of comedy. To, sum up Pencil is a okay murder mystery.

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