Verdict: Nandamuri Kalyan Ram steals the show.
MLA aka Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbai marks the debut for director Upendra Madhav, who was an associate writer before for Srinu Vytla and a few other directors. Nandamuri Kalyan Ram and Kajal Aggarwal are teaming up for the second time after Kajal made her debut with him, more than a decade ago with Lakshmi Kalyanam. Produced by Kiran Reddy, Bharath Chowdary, and TG Vishwa Prasad under Blue Planet Entertainment, MLA has music composed by Mani Sharma. The cinematography has been handled by Prasad Murella. The other cast members include Venella Kishore, Lasya, Ravi Kishan, Prudhvi Raj, Posani Krishna Murali, Brahmanandam and Manali Rathod in prominent roles. Let’s see what is in store for the audience.
What’s MLA About:
Lakshmi (Lasya) and Kalyan (Nandamuri Kalyan Ram) are siblings. Lasya gets married to Prasad (Venella Kishore) with Kalyan's support but against the wishes of their parents. This creates a rift between the siblings and their parents. Over some time, Kalyan manages to mitigate and smoothen things out between them. Kalyan happens to meet Indu (Kajal Aggarwal) and falls in love with her at first sight. Indu joins the company where Kalyan works and happens to be the daughter of CEO. However, a twist in tale arises when Indu’s real identity is revealed. Who Indu is, and what Kalyan does to win his love and resolve Indu’s issues forms the rest of the story.
Kalyan Ram has excelled in the role of a man who takes up the responsibilities of his family and well-wishers and works for the betterment of the society. The scenes involving his confrontations with MLA Gadappa (Ravi Kishan) have turned out well. It is also heartening to see Kalyan Ram and Kajal Aggarwal together after a very long time. Their chemistry is super. Brahmanandam manages to tickle the audience with his splendid performance as Pattabi. Prudhvi, Prabhas Seenu, and Venella Kishore also excelled in their comical roles. Mani Sharma’s music and background score is good and has elevated the mood and intensity at the right time. Prasad Murella’s camera work is good, especially in the songs. Editing is crisp and the production values are grand.
What Could Have Been Better:
The film seems a bit formulaic as the audience these days crave a novel narration. Nevertheless, there is no boring factor and the film can be very well enjoyed by all.
Why You Should Watch:
MLA has good dialogues, beautiful emotions and nice entertaining elements that can easily be watched by friends and families alike.
– By Ajay Mudunuri