Saturday, June 22, 2013

ABCD review: "Hilarious but with a shaky latter half!!!"

With the Anti Piracy cell & Producers' Association having taken a decision that Malayalam films wont be releasing in Bangalore on the same day as Kerala, it came as a huge blow to many including me. So that meant Malayalam releases has been far & few since the past one month.  Ever since Martin Prakkat's "ABCD" has hit the screens in Kerala, it has been garnering positive responses which increased my curiosity. Thankfully, it released here yesterday & hoping that it is able to satiate my expectations.


Johns (Dulquer Salman) & his cousin, Korah (Jacob Gregory) were rich spoilt brats born & brought up in US whose sole aims in life were to bust money & make merry. Things take a turn when they are sent packing to Kerala by Dr. Issac, John's dad (Lalu Alex) following a tiff with a couple of Negroes. What they believed to be a month long holiday in God's own country, was in fact Dr. Issac's plan to make them realize the value of money. So how will these brats deal with a life bereft of luxuries to which they were accustomed to???

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After a dream debut with Mammookka in the blockbuster "Best Actor", Martin Prakkat is back to calling the shots with the legend's son in his latest venture. It wouldnt be prudent to accept the fact that Martin has yet again produced a winner thanks to a hilarious screenplay courtesy Sooraj Neeraj, Naveen Bhaskar & Martin himself. However, Sooraj's script was pretty shaky in the latter half and meanders without much purpose. It would have been much better off if they had made it crisper. As for other technical aspects, Jomon's visuals was impressive as always while Gopi Sundar's music was average at best though 'Johny mone Johny" rendered by Dulquer was catchy.

Dulquer was an absolute natural as Johns while Jacob Gregory was on absolute fire with his humorous one liners & mannerisms. A special mention also has to go the costume designer & hair stylist of Gregory which did impart the required impact. However, Gregory's accent wasnt quite upto the mark but then that could have been the reason why I felt it so funny. This film also marked the entry of theatre artist, Aparna Gopinath who was fantastic & should be the one to look out for in the future.  

Verdict:  In all probability, this should march its way to being a superhit thanks to the hilarious situations and combinations between Dulquer & Gregory which more or less makes up for the slackness in the latter half. In short, dont miss it & have a good laugh!!!

Rating: 2.75/5

Regards...Ben


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