College Kumar (2020 film)

College Kumar is a 2020 Indian comedy film written and directed by Hari Santhosh. A remake of director's own 2017 Kannada film of the same name, it was simultaneously shot in Tamil and Telugu languages, with Prabhu starring in Tamil and Rajendra Prasad replacing him in Telugu. Rahul Vijay, Priya Vadlamani and Madhoo co-star in both versions. College Kumar was released on 6 March 2020 in both languages.

College Kumar
College Kumar 2020 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster in Tamil
Directed byHari Santhosh
Screenplay byHari Santhosh[1]
Based onCollege Kumar
by Santhu
Produced byL. Padmanabha[2]
Starring
CinematographyGuru Prashanth Rai[1]
Edited byK. M. Prakash (Tamil)[1]
Garry BH (Telugu)[3]
K. Pavan Kalyan (Telugu)[3]
Music byQutub-E-Kripa
Production
company
M. R. Pictures[2]
Release date
  • 6 March 2020 (2020-03-06)
CountryIndia
Languages
  • Tamil
  • Telugu

PlotEdit

Thiru Kumaran, a peon, wants to make his son an auditor because his employer, an arrogant auditor, insults him. As time passes by, his son, Shiva Kumar disappoints him by not being a bright student at college. Thiru's wife Janaki too is upset over the same. He loses his cool when Kumar is terminated from college for indulging in malpractice. An infuriated Kumar vents out his frustration to his father and challenges him to join college and earn a degree. How Thiru takes up the challenge forms the rest of the story.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In April 2019, it was reported that the Kannada film College Kumar would be remade in Tamil and Telugu languages, with both versions being shot simultaneously. Hari Santhosh was confirmed to be directing both remakes, while the producers of the original too would be retained. Principal photography began in the same month.[8] Though the cast was largely the same in both versions,[6][5] Prabhu was exclusive to the Tamil version and Rajendra Prasad to Telugu.[9] It was also the Tamil cinema debuts of Rahul Vijay and Priya Vadlamani.[10][4]

ThemesEdit

Hari Santhosh has stated that, through College Kumar, he intends to convey the message that "it's never too late to learn."[11]

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack was composed by Qutub-E-Kripa. It was released via Sony Music India.[8][11]

Tamil[12]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."College Kumar"ArivuNakul Abhyankar, Anthony Daasan4:30
2."Arrathi"Mohan RajA. H. Kaashif, G. V. Prakash Kumar3:07
3."Baari Baari"ArivuPavan, Haricharan, Abhijith Rao4:02
4."Needhan En Ulagam"Mohan RajA. H. Kaashif, Nithin Rajaram Shastry3:40
5."Kelumbudaa Nanbaa"Mohan RajSanthosh Dhayanidhi, Yazin Nizar3:51
Telugu[13]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."College Kumar"Sri ManiAnurag Kulkarni4:31
2."Allade Allade"Kittu VissapragadaAnurag Kulkarni3:08
3."Baari Baari"Sri ManiHaricharan Seshadri, Abhijith Rao4:03
4."Kanulaaraa"Kittu VissapragadaSathya Prakash3:40
5."Kannule Daate"Kittu VissapragadaSanthosh Dhayanidhi3:52

Release and receptionEdit

College Kumar was released on 6 March 2020 in both Tamil and Telugu versions.[2][14] Reviewing the Telugu version, Neeshita Nyayapati of The Times of India rated it 2 stars out of 5, praising the premise but criticised its execution, saying it "makes it seem like leftover material from the 90s or early 2000s."[5] 123 Telugu, review the Telugu version, opined that "Except for Rahul Vijay and Rajendra Prasad’s performance, there is nothing much to look forward to in this film which is like old wine in an old bottle".[3] Reviewing the Tamil version, Thinkal Menon of The Times of India also rated it 2 stars out of 5, saying, "College Kumar has the issues which most of the remake versions suffer. The project, which has been made simultaneously in [Telugu] as well, looks like a Telugu film in many scenes, thanks to the location and artistes who play the minor supporting roles."[6] Maalai Malar, however, reviewed the Tamil version more positively, praising its comedy.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Sony Music South [@SonyMusicSouth] (5 March 2020). "#CollegeKumarFromTomorrow 🤩Book your tickets for the entertainer now! 🕺🎶" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c "5 Telugu films all set for release this Friday". The Times of India. 5 March 2020. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Review : College Kumar – Lacks Basic Emotions". 123 Telugu. 6 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 November 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Mannath, Malini (6 March 2020). "Review- College Kumar". Malini Mannath. Archived from the original on 22 November 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e Nyayapati, Neeshita (6 March 2020). "College Kumar Movie Review : A missed opportunity!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Menon, Thinkal (7 March 2020). "College Kumar Movie Review: The plot sounds okayish on paper, but the execution falters". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 7 March 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d "காலேஜ் குமார்". Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 6 March 2020. Archived from the original on 7 March 2020. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ a b Suresh, Sunanya (16 April 2019). "College Kumar is set to be remade in Tamil and Telugu". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Poster of Rahul Vijay's next 'College Kumar' released!". The Times of India. 8 June 2019. Archived from the original on 14 February 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  10. ^ Lakshmi, V (31 October 2019). "Directing a Tamil film has always been on my wish list: Hari Santhosh". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 19 October 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  11. ^ a b Sudha, K. (4 March 2020). "Never too late to learn is the message of College Kumar: Director Hari Santhosh". Cinema Express. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  12. ^ "College Kumar (Tamil)". Gaana. Archived from the original on 9 December 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  13. ^ "College Kumar (Telugu)". Gaana. Archived from the original on 29 March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Friday Fury – March 6". Sify. 6 March 2020. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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