Review : Boys Hostel – A comedy drama that connects to youths
Published on Aug 27, 2023 3:04 am IST
Boys Hostel Telugu Movie Review

Release Date : August 26, 2023 Rating : 3/5

Starring: Manjunath Nayaka, Prajwal BP, Srivatsa Shyam, Gagan Ram, Shreyas Sharma, Bharath Vashist, Tejas Jayanna, Rishab Shetty, Pawan Kumar, Diganth Manchale, Tharun Bhascker, Rashmi Gautam

Director: Nithin Krishnamurthy

Producers: Prajwal B P, Varun Kumar Gowda, Nithin Krishnamurthy, Arvind S Kashyap

Music Director: B. Ajaneesh Loknath

Cinematographer: Arvind S Kashyap

Editor: Suresh M

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Recent Kannada superhit movie Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare is dubbed in Telugu as Boys Hostel and released in theaters today. Check out our review to find out how the movie is.


Ramesh Kumar (Manjunath Nayaka) is the strict warden of Frankfurt University’s hostel. Even Ajith (Prajwal BP) and his group fear him. One day, the warden ends his life by suicide and leaves a note blaming Ajith’s group for his death. Panicked, they try to hide the body secretly. Did they succeed? What problems did they face? Why did the warden write their names? The movie holds the answers.

Plus Points:

Boys Hostel, the dubbed version of Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare, impresses with its simple yet captivating storyline. The first half’s engaging narration is a key factor in delivering an enjoyable cinematic experience.

The film’s core story revolves around the warden character, portrayed excellently by Manjunath Nayaka. The supporting cast, including Prajwal BP, Srivasta Shyam, Diganath Manchale, and Gagan Ram, effectively contributes to the narrative laced with black comedy.

The collaborative effort of every student involved in the central plot adds a hilarious touch, resulting in a comedic spectacle.

Tharun Bhascker’s well-executed cameo, characterised by witty dialogues and expressive acting, brings genuine laughter. Nithin Krishnamurthy’s portrayal of Genie, a pivotal character, is noteworthy.

Beyond the performances, the film’s energetic score, dynamic screenplay, and adept camerawork ensure an immersive viewing experience. The film cleverly incorporates trending one-liners and famous dialogues, enhancing its appeal and relevance.

Minus Points:

The film’s pace remains brisk in the first half until the unveiling of a crucial twist. Sustaining this momentum becomes a challenge for the director in the latter half. Although attempts are made to retain audience engagement, a more intricate narrative in the second-half with additional twists could have elevated the film’s impact.

With numerous characters, many unfamiliar to Telugu audiences, post-movie recollection becomes a challenge.

Certain segments of the second half might feel sluggish as anticipation builds for the climax, leading to sporadic moments of monotony.

Rashmi’s character, although linked to Tharun Bhascker’s perspective, contributes minimally to the film’s overall narrative.

Technical Aspects:

Debutant director Nithin Krishnamurthy excels in his role, particularly in directing, as opposed to writing. The film adeptly handles a simple script, though more attention to the second-half screenplay could have enhanced the storytelling.

Arvind Kashyap’s cinematography, Ajaneesh Loknath’s musical score, and Suresh M’s skilful editing stand out as the film’s prominent strengths, significantly elevating the overall cinematic experience. The production team is commendable for achieving authenticity, while the Telugu presenters’ meticulous dubbing efforts deserve acknowledgement.


On the whole, Boys Hostel is a decent black comedy drama that engages audiences in the first half but encounters some boredom in the second half. Notable performances by the student cast and Manjunath add to the film’s charm, complementing the solid technical components. A few repetitions and sluggishness in the second half are the major drawbacks of the movie. The youths will connect to the film well, but it may not appeal to family audiences. If you are okay with these aspects, you can watch it this weekend. Rating: 3/5

Reviewed by 123telugu Team

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