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Thursday 21 December 2017

Middle Class Abbayi (MCA) Telugu Movie Review

Middle Class Abbayi (MCA) Telugu Movie Review

We’ll begin with the best part. They outlined it all in the trailer — a disciplined, purposeful but an overbearing sister-in-law makes the younger brother-in-law, who’s yet to find his purpose in life, do all household chores. A breezy romance track is thrown in between and eventually the brother-in-law stands up for his family. With a simple storyline like that, how entertaining can the narrative be and what surprise can it hold?

Cast: Nani, Sai Pallavi, Bhoomika Chawla
Direction: Sreeram Venu
Music: Devi Sri Prasad


Nani(Nani) is a middle-class guy who stays with his sister in law(Bhumika). He leads a happy go lucky life with his girlfriend(Sai Pallavi) but things change all of a sudden when his sister in law who is a government servant lands into problems with a dreaded criminal(Naresh Vijay) in Warangal. Rest of the story is as to how a simple guy like Nani confronts the dreaded gangster and saves his sister in law.

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well over an hour, Middle Class Abbayi is a lot of fun. When Nani (Nani) reflects on how the bond between him and his brother (Rajeev Kanakala) — symbolised through a happy photograph, changes with the entry of his vadina Jyoti (Bhoomika), with Nani being knocked off the photograph and desperately clinging to the frame, it’s a riot. A shift to Warangal to be at the beck and call of Jyoti, who’s posted as a regional transport officer, turns out to be Nani’s nightmare. For someone who feels 11am is too early for a meeting, the day begins at 7am and the errands don’t end till late evening

As Jyoti, Bhoomika doesn’t speak much. She cruises by with her subtle but no-nonsense expressions and contrasts the live-wire Nani who brings the house down on quite a few occasions, as though he’s indeed the hapless brother in law who’s being pushed all around the house. It’s in narrating these parts that director Venu Sriram shines.

Turning the gender perspective on love at first sight is fun too. And who better to do it that the sprightly Pallavi (Sai Pallavi) who woos Nani telling him women aren’t above love at first sight fixations.

It’s a roller coaster ride watching these three actors and the brief asides coming from Amani, Naresh, Rajeev Kanakala, Priyadarshi and Vennela Kishore.

The point of clash between the straightforward Jyoti and Shiva (Vijay Varma) who doesn’t flinch at running ill-maintained, unfit buses and the once scorned brother-in-law rising to the occasion is predictable, but it still holds some interest because of the actors involved. But the screenplay doesn’t leverage on these actors or their characters to make the plot engaging.

In Shiva, there’s the possibility of a menacing opponent. You get glimpses of his troublesome childhood, but ultimately the row between him and Nani plays out like a routine villain-hero track. There aren’t enough moments that keep you at the edge of the seat, which is the film’s biggest undoing. Somewhere, you always know who will win without much of an effort.

The little twist towards the end brings in some hope but there are gaping holes, which wouldn’t be possible to discuss here without giving away spoilers.

The later portions could have certainly benefited from better writing. As an afterthought, breaking away for a needless folksy song in a foreign location before the climax isn’t what you expect from a Nani-Sai Pallavi film..

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