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ABCD Malayalam Movie Review

14th June 2013   ·   17 Comments

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ABCD Movie Review (American Born Confused Desi)

Producer- Shibu Thameens

Director- Martin Prakkat

Cast- Dulquer Salman, Joseph Gregory, Aparna Gopinath, Tovino Thomas, Laloo Aalex etc.

Music- Gopi Sundar

I had reasons to expect ‘ABCD’ to be a loud, enjoyable entertainer. Dulquer Salman’s career graph plus the director Martin Prakkat’s last film (his debut film in fact), ‘Best Actor’, has stirred expectations. But, courtesy a rather poor script, the film fails to rise above the ‘average’ mark. It misses the bus. The subject could have been worked out into a wonderful entertainer; unfortunately it doesn’t and doesn’t leave any kind of a mark on your minds…

The story line is simple. Johns (Dulquer Salman) is the son of Isaac John (Laloo Aalex), an extremely rich businessman based in the US. Born and brought up in the US, the young chap is carefree to the core. He just goes on spending money and is anything but responsible. He has as his close pal Korah (Joseph Gregory), who too is of the same mould. Johns and Korah go on causing trouble and very often land up in police custody, only to be bailed out by Isaac John. But then, the trouble-makers cross limits one day and it becomes difficult for them to stay on in the US. It’s then that the parents decide to send them to India, for one month. Little do the young chaps know that things are not going to be that smooth for them in India. Isaac John wants his son to learn from experiences and get transformed into a responsible guy. (So, you now know what Isaac would be planning for his son and how it would go, from this point!)

Well, that’s it. But the issue is that though the premise is an oft-repeated one and of course a successful one too, Martin Prakkat, Dulquer Salman and company have failed in making use of it, to a great extent. The script gets a bit messy; lots of things could have happened in the story, but nothing much happens. The gags don’t work out that well and the end-part makes no impact at all. It’s neither great humour that you get to see in the film; nor does the story convey anything worth it. Performance side too, I should say, is just so so. But I won’t blame the actors. The writers and the director would have to take the blame…Yes, ‘ABCD’ is just a so so kind of film; the story of the American Born Confused Desi leaves you confused on the main…

Performance 

Dulquer is good and the character suits him; but the fact remains that he could have performed even better. The director could and should have brought out the actor in him in a better way. I am not at all impressed by Joseph Gregory. As for the heroine, Aparna Gopinath is good, but perhaps any actress could have done justice to the role. Laloo Aalex is his usual self; Tovino Thomas is good.

Technical aspects

Jomon T John takes perfect care of the cinematography; the other technicians render able support.

Music

Music by Gopi Sundar is good; the songs won’t stay in your memory for long…

Script

Script is what plays foil here. The writers- Martin Prakkat, Naveen Bhaskar, Sooraj and Neeraj- could have worked out the subject in a better way and the film would then have been thoroughly enjoyable.

Direction

I wouldn’t say the director Martin Prakkat is in full control; well, he isn’t. If he was, he could have made it into a much much better film. Similarly, if he was in full control, he could have brought out the best in the actors. He had done a much better job in ‘Best Actor’, but with ‘ABCD’, that doesn’t quite work out. Better luck next time!!

Verdict- Confused mess to an extent; not up the mark…Just so so!!

Rating: 3.5/5

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ABCD Malayalam Movie Review, reviewed by Unni R Nair on 2013-06-14T22:33:51+00:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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Readers Comments (17)

  1. manish says:

    good movie

  2. hridhs says:

    omg the person who wrote the review is dumb.
    the movie is the best and so aaaawesome
    kidilam

  3. sumith says:

    good entertaining movie,,dulker and gregery perform well
    ..but unni u r review s very poor..

  4. Ismail says:

    Dear all,
    I watched the movie with my family couple of days ago and felt superb about it. Awesome full time entertainer not at all boring due to the duration. I would recommend this a one time or more watch. Keep smiling.

  5. Nandini says:

    A review that came closest to my own feelings about this silly movie. But I don’t get why the reviewer after dissecting the movie so well, went on to give a rating of 3.5!

    The topic covered in this film was one done many times before, in different geographies and thus had good potential. But the makers seemed more interested in stylizing it than beefing up the content. And I agree, though Korah had his funny moments, he sounded more like a FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) than an ABCD!!

    Expected more from Dulquer, who constantly spoke at a volume two decibels more than required! Aparna Gopinath has a fresh look and is confident but her character wasnt given any chance to explore any emotions other than muscle pidikyufying!

    For real entertaining movie on the topic, watch American Desi…any day!

  6. Mudassir says:

    BORN AND BROUGHT UP IN US!

    …But still dyin’ hard to generate his very own native accent,

    This got my nerves out of what i expected. This entire piece was so

    hyped and well promoted with the same kind with some blind helluva

    fu**ed up gay boys.I hope he or whatever the film crew and even the

    sidekick (who had his very little luck in pleasing with his fag

    stinkin’ jokes) is aware of how the indian/kerala diaspora is in flow

    with the American accent at least the time they had shooting there.

    Dear movie watchers, Please don’t ever consider any of the characters

    or some bone ticklish comedy situations with malayalam diaspora who

    live in the US or EU. Secondly, the protagonist here is too “DUMB” to

    pretend and perform some gestures adding ‘You’re OWNED!’ and there

    comes his crappy conversations ending up just FUCK and SHIT HOLE. This

    grown and matured star-son should’ve stopped pretending like a

    amateurish pedophile is sure a confused man-boy, he’s too weird at

    certain scenes.

    And the END, It’s what the movie makes all and ends with.

    Verdict: A TOTAL DUMBO MOVIE that’s make no sense with the content they

    promoted and an ever fucking dialogues that will puke you out, and

    mostly the dumbo hero who is virtually unfit to bring out these kinda

    story.

    /Potato

  7. Christo says:

    Really surprised by the review,its an awesome entertainer.of course not meant for those looking for things other than entertainment.we never felt of any good time wasted watching this movie.great work by Dulquar and Gregory

  8. Reji Menon says:

    Actually the reviewer should just give the ratings. 3.5 out of 5 is okay while this review is a complete mess and doesn’t do justice the enertainer movie or the good acting by Joseph Gregory

  9. Reji Menon says:

    Looks like Gopi Sundar should just give the ratings. The rating of 3.5 is okay while the review is a complete mess.

  10. kiran says:

    Balanced review… Good observations…I didn’t like the film at all

  11. fara says:

    An awesome movie. it was more up 2 my xpectations . Its not a cmplte new genration film like shit jokes, alcoholism etc…everyone must watch it

  12. athul says:

    Guys its a gud film to pass ur time…lot of fun nd enjoyable moments…but true that it gives u nothing to think about…maybe they just didnt want to foray into the cliched kind of story…but it definetly is alot of fun..a lot of cussing in the beginning could have been avoided nd kora’s language for an american yankee definetly is not upto standards..pretty poor to be honest…but at the end of the day u will not be dissappointed…gud luck nd do share ur views for others to know..good day

  13. vip says:

    who is this guy !. The guy thinks the movie is a mess and look at the ratings he gave. 3.5/5. LoL.

    The movie is good. Funny from start to end .Go for it guys.

  14. Sachin Babu says:

    what a poor review…guyz superb film clean entertainer…lot to laugh…less to think..
    Josepg Gregory was splendered…
    Dulquer again luking gud,actress also very matured acting.
    Any way great entertainer.
    And for the review unni..plzz go HELL.

  15. AMAL VARMA says:

    hey what the @@@@ is this!! it is a good film.i think gregory has done better than dulqar.direction and cinemotography is excellent.but still i think Dulqar cant do roles beyond a person comes from abroad

  16. Mithun says:

    Really good review… Gregory is nt upto the mark and his dubbing is poor.. Shud’ve chosen any other actor like sreenath bhasi.. I’l gve just 3

  17. Praveen says:

    Most pathetic review ever..Gregory was not good..eat shit ! You were probably tripped before entering the hall..Guys,superb film..little dragging at times..but a sure shot entertainer..100% blockbuster..





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