Critic’s Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Popular producer K Manju’s son Shreyas Manju has his first movie Paddehuli releasing across the state today. Directed by Rajahuli fame Guru Deshpande, Paddehuli is a story about an aspiring musician. The likes of V Ravichandran, Rakshith Shetty and Puneeth Rajkumar have supported the youngster with their appearances in the movie and with the prospect of being the launch vehicle of a future star, let’s find out if Paddehuli did well at the theatres.

Paddehuli is the story of an aspiring musician who faces a lot of hurdles and challenges on his way to the top of the ladder. He has to tackle the resistance from his lady love and his family both of who are concerned about his career. Amidst this, Sampath also gets into fights with a few of his college-mates who make his dream a little more difficult to achieve. How Sampath becomes a popular musician from an engineering college is the arc the movie focuses on.

Action, romance, the drama is in plenty in this movie which is basically a commercial film with a bit of novelty in its objective. With the importance given to folk music and lyrics, Paddehuli is not a regular star launch with a musical twist attached to it. However, if the director had decided not to go ahead with the commercial elements, the movie could have become crisper and entertaining.

Shreyas Manju impresses in his debut movie. The youngster shows a lot of promise and delivers a convincing performance. Nishvika Naidu has a good outing in this movie too. The likes of Chikkanna, Sudharani are also integral to this movie. Rakshith Shetty, V Ravichandran and Puneeth Rajkumar could attract a few fans to the theatres.

Music is an important aspect of this movie and it has been done wonderfully by Ajaneesh Lokanath. Be it the BGM or the songs, Ajaneesh’s output helps the movie in which the protagonist is a budding musician. Camera work is good as the uncompromised production quality can be seen on screen. Editing could have been better although the film falls into the commercial genre.

Overall, Paddehuli is a nice attempt which can mint a few bucks this long weekend. Shreyas can also be expected to develop into a better actor in the future.