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ABCD Movie Review
Cast: Allu Sirish, Rukshar Dhillion, Raja, Nagababu, and Others
Allu Sirish, Ruksar Mir and Bharat played lead roles in ABCD. The film is the official remake of Malayalam movie with the same title. Sanjeev Reddy is the director of the movie and the film is jointly Produced by Yash Rangineni and Madhura Sreedhar. Check out film's review here
Allu Sirish and Rukshar Dhillon is the Telugu remake of a 2013 Malayalam film of the same name, starring Dulquer Salmaan. Directed by Sanjeev Reddy, the film follows the lives of two New York-based youngsters, Aravind (Allu Sirish) and Bhaasha (Bharath), who are forced to return to India by Aravind’s father. He wants them to learn the value of money and so, as soon as they land in India, he blocks all their credits cards and asks them to live on pocket money of Rs 5000 every month. The rest of the story is about how Aravind realizes the value of money and how India changes him as a person within a short period of time.
Allu Sirish is at his usual self. The fact that he plays an NRI coming to India for the first time allows gives him some breathing space. Basically, the film does not need him to act hard and Allu Sirish does a decent job without much effort.
Rukshar Dhillion looks pretty and she is good in a poorly written role.
Bharat who is all grown-up is good and generated some laughs here and there.
Vennela Kishore is decent in a little role. Nagababu and Subhalekha Sudhakar fit in their roles. Rest is okay.
Director Sanjeev Reddy has narrated the story in an entertaining as well as engaging way. Though some of the scenes are the same as the original version, the director has succeeded in including fresh comedy in the film. He has handled the story in a really good way.
Production values by Madhura Sreedhar Reddy and Yash Rangineni under Madhura Entertainment banner are rich.
Music Judah Sandhy is too good. His music can be considered as one of plus points in the film.
Cinematography by Raam is colorful. Dialogues by Kalyan Raghav are decent. Overall, the technical team has delivered a decent output for the film.
The idea behind ABCD, about a young guy who undergoes a major transformation when he’s forced to change his lifestyle, does seem to have a lot of potentials. Director Sanjeev also digs into another burning topic, the bare minimum wage required to live a basic life, to narrate the story. However, the film’s biggest undoing is its disconnect from contemporary times. Additionally, the whole idea of stereotyping ABCDs seems utterly pointless. It’s in 2019. Maybe, the current lot of American Born Confused Desis do know more about India than Aravind and Baasha. In a way, the two characters themselves are products of a bygone era where the gap between the two cultures was too wide to bridge. On top of that, the film is too bland, and many times, you struggle to keep up with the banality of the narrative.
Allu Sirish and Bharath make an odd-pair and it’s hard to root for their camaraderie. And the lack of emotional connection with the characters makes it hard to root for their journey. A lot happens in this comedy film - Aravind struggles to adjust in India, falls in love, fights for the poor, becomes a role model for the youth. Yet, the arc of his characterization is barely inspiring. Rukshar Dhillon has a good screen presence, although she doesn’t get much to work with. Raja makes a good impression as an aspiring politician; however, his role doesn’t get a proper closure.
By the time ABCD ends, there’s a sense of relief - at least it didn’t turn out to be an unbearable film. It’s predictable, devoid of any strong emotional moments, and the sloppy writing makes it a boring watch.
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