Review: MCA -Middle Class Abbayi
Nani, Sai Pallavi, Bhumika, Naresh, Priyadarshi and others
Director - Sriram Venu
Producer - Dil Raju
Banner - Sri Venkateswara Creations
Music - Devi Sri Prasad
Nani has been unstoppable at the box office lately. With a series of hit films, Nani's market value took a big leap and it is reflected in the opening day collections of MCA. This is Nani's third film this year and it is produced by Dil Raju who is of late having a ball as a producer. Sriram Venu of Oh My Friend fame is back to direction after a huge gap. Can MCA join the likes of Nani's recent hits? Did Dil Raju get it right again? Let's analyze MCA.
What is it about?
Nani (Nani) is from a middle class family. His life is very happy until his brother (Rajiv Kanakala) gets married to Jyothi (Bhumika). She is a very strict woman and makes Nani do household chores as he doesn't have any other work to do. Nani falls in love with Pallavi (Sai Pallavi), who happens to be a cousin of Jyothi. After learning about his vadina's true affection towards him, Nani becomes responsible. At this point, Nani confronts a goon Warangal Siva who wants to kill his Vadina.
Nani is an effortless actor who can make any scene work with his terrific performance and impressive dialog delivery. However, MCA has a very weak script and poorly etched character that even Nani couldn't do much about it after a point. Even supremely talented Sai Pallavi has been wasted in a silly, pointless and typical run of the mill character. Bhumika looks dignified as the strict Vadina. Rajeev Kanakala is fine in his brief role. The guy who played the villain is a poor choice. Priyadarshi, Naresh and Pavitra Lokesh make an impression in the supporting roles.
Sriram Venu has come up with a lackluster script that doesn't have a bit of novelty. Apart from a catchy title and the initial setup everything about the film goes off track. The film's plot resembles many eighties and nineties family dramas that cannot click with the current generation audience unless they are dealt in a hilarious way. On a whole, it is a shoddy work from the director who is back to business after six years.
Devi Sri Prasad's music is uninspiring. None of the songs are fresh and his background score is surprisingly bad. Cinematography is standard. Technically, MCA doesn't offer anything exceptional on any front. Production values are strictly okay.
Poor second half
Below average music
Script and direction
Dil Raju has been sticking to template commercial films lately. With so many movies coming out of his stable, Dil Raju is inclining towards playing safe by opting to make commercially viable films. Though safe it is a tight rope to walk as the film may fall flat on its face if it fails to hold the interest of audience.
MCA has a very poor script that it will leave us wondering how Nani and Sai Pallavi accepted to be a part of it. The director takes audience for granted and simply recycles old ideas and scenes and pass it off as a new film with a catchy title. Hero coming from middle class family has nothing to do with the actual plot of the film.
It is just another hero vs. villain saga where the protagonist has to save his sister-in-law from the antagonist. This might have worked to an extent if the villain is threatening enough. The actor who played the villain looks very weak and lean. He doesn't seem like a serious threat at any point. Whole second half relies on the mind games between hero and the villain.
Director's inability to come up with interesting scenes made it a torrid affair as it puts the viewers' patience to test. The film starts off well with enjoyable scenes between Nani, Sai Pallavi and his friends. But it is all downhill once the action part comes to the fore. Second half is a giant yawn that even Nani and Sai Pallavi look helpless most of the time.
MCA will have to rely upon Nani and Sai Pallavi's craze and the holiday season to be a safe venture. It may attract audience in big numbers at the beginning but majority of them will come out disappointed with this dated below average family-action drama.
Verdict: BA - Below Average.