ABCD: American Born Confused Desi: Film Review – A Faithful Remake

Verdict: This wacky entertainer lives up to the hype of its original film.

ABCD: American Born Confused Desi is a Telugu remake of Dulquer Salmaan’s 2012 superhit Malayalam movie of the same name. Starring Allu Sirish, Master Bharat and Rukshar Dhillon, ABCD marks the directorial debut of Sanjeev Reddy in Tollywood, who earlier produced and directed the Hindi movie Login. The technical crew comprises of Judah Sandhy as the music director, Raam as the cinematographer, and Navin Nooly as the editor. The rest of the cast includes Raja Chembolu, Shubalekha Sudhakar, Nagendra Babu, Venella Kishore, and Kota Srinivasa Rao. Presented by Suresh Productions, ABCD is bankrolled by Madhura Entertainments and distributed by Big Ben Entertainments.

What’s ABCD: American Born Confused Desi About:

Aravind aka Avi (Allu Sirish) and Basha (Master Bharath) are best friends and spoilt youngsters, living in the US with their families. In order to teach them a lesson, Avi’s dad (Nagendra Babu) decides to send them to India on the pretext of a vacation. Soon, they realize they have been cheated and end up living in a slum with all their cards blocked and just five thousand rupees per month to survive. What happens in India and the changes it brings to their lives forms the crux of ABCD.

What Works:

The best part of ABCD: American Born Confused Desi is Allu Sirish’s ease in his act. As his character does not require heavy emotions, it has been a cakewalk for the young actor. Grown-up Bharath does his part well in a lengthy role that has more scenes than any other character of the movie. Rukshar Dhillon has a limited screen space but there is a pleasant vibe every time she is on the screen. Raja Chembolu is perfect in a well-etched role that plays a vital part in the movie. Venella Kishore is successful in generating some laughs while Subhalekha Sudhakar, Nagendra Babu, and Kota Srinivasa Rao do justice to their roles.

Sanjeev Reddy pulls off this remake with élan and Judah Sandhy’s music complements the narrative. Accompanying this are Raam’s vibrant visuals that neatly capture the locales of the rich in America and the slum-dwellers of India. Navin Nooly’s editing is on spot. Given the budget of the movie, the production values are grand.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The proceedings would have been crisper had the romance and a few other entertaining elements been well integrated with the narrative. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable and fun ride that does justice to the original film.

Why You Should Watch:

ABCD: American Born Confused Desi is laced with entertaining elements right from the start till the end with an underlying social message. If you haven’t watched the original, you might as well give this a try.

Ajay Mudunuri: Tollywood fanatic, writer, critic.