For his directorial debut, writer-director Majeed Abu chooses a story about a five-member Class 11 students, who decide to do something impossible beyond their age. It's good natured and well intentioned, but you end up wishing that the director could treat the plot by adopting realistic tools to make it more convincing. "Kidu" is banking on these five teenagers- played by Minon, Ramzan, Ayman, Althaf and Vishnu- with the aid of the default format of school life. The shoddy first half is apparently struggling to grab the focus of the viewers until the film lands on a decisive juncture.
The package of "Kidu" goes like this: infatuation between a boy and a girl, school trip and teacher-students relationship. In neither of these episodes you would find a sincere effort or creative writing by the filmmaker. Among the problematic students, Vyshakh (Minon John) and Vishnu (Ramzan Muhammed) have been given prominence in the tale.
The gang's issues with teacher Rony, played by Sudhi Koppa, take the centre stage in the beginning and this is followed by their redemption. But the manner in which the events are shaped up to vindicate these changes is too rash sans any clarity.
The purgation of their minds happens when new teacher Annie, essayed by Liona Lishoy, takes charge as their class teacher. They become very close to the teacher and they pass the exams with full 'A' plus. Once the students come to know that Annie was brutally killed by a criminal from Tamil Nadu. Now it's the turn of the students to avenge the murder.
Like the character of the teenagers, the treatment is also packed with puerile elements that pull the plug of the momentum. From the moment Annie appears on screen, you start to guess the outcome and the prediction gets right. This is simply due to the lack of depth in the portrayal of the character.
Each student remembers their class teacher but the presentation of her influence on them is hardly impressive. Due to creative paucity, the film's plot loiters in most of the part before reaching to the conflict point.
"Kidu" finishes on an exasperating note, with less convincing incidents and sans any novel creative indulgence from the part of the director. There are shades of innocence in the treatment but this trite school life drama fails to grab the attention due to improper presentation of the package.
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