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 good. Inspection scenes written to generate comedy goes pale and fail to generate the expected level of comedy. To, sum up Pencil is a Decent murder mystery.