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ABCD - Movie Review

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Martin Prakkat, who debuted as director with Mammootty's Best Actor, has teamed with his son Dulquar Salman and a few new faces for his second directorial venture ABCD (American Born Confused Desi), which has hit the marquee this Friday. The movie is out-and-out laugh riot with fine performances and rich production values. With this film, Dulquar is sure to set a new style statement.

ABCD is a beautiful romance comedy entertainment with all masala stuff to impress the mass. Dulquar and Jacob's brilliant performances are the main highlights of the film. Sooraj-Neeraj's interesting story, Martin's engaging narration, Gopi Sunder's music, Jomon T John's camera work, beautiful artwork and locales and trendy costumes and makeups are its other attractions. Some illogical and over-the-top comedy scenes are its drawbacks.

The movie narrates the journey of two American Malayalees to their motherland - Kerala. ABCD brings out their dilemmas in the unfamiliar circumstances in a very hilarious way. The story is quite interesting and Martin Prakkat has a very good grip on the narration of the whole show. With a few comedy scenes and funny-one-liners, the director keeps you engaged in the film till its end.

Johns (Dulquar Salman) is born and brought up in America, who leads a luxurious life. But some unprecedented events lead him to leave for his motherland Kerala. His cousin Kora (Jacob Gregory) also accompanies him. Soon Johns becomes a star among his relatives here with his foreign attire and gentle behaviour. How he behaves in some unfamiliar circumstances have been brought in humorous way which should be watched on screen.

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ABCD Is About Confused Desis

In the US, the natives have the tendency to ridicule the foreigners by calling them confused desis. The movie, which is inspired from a newspaper article, deals with the life of two such desi guys. ABCD is an acronym for American Born Confused Desi and the title is apt and justifiable.

Dulquar's Performance As NRI

Dulquar, who has impressed the viewers as NRI in Ustad Hotel, is sure to rock the viewers again as American-returned guy. He looks completely different from the earlier one. His mannerisms and characteristics are perfect match for his role. He is the showman in the film. He is sure to create a new trend with his trendy costumes, bikes, cars and other stuffs.

Jacob Gregory - As Dulquar's Cousin

Jacob Gregory is best known for his performance as expatriate Malayali Girigiri living in the US in Malayalam sitcom Akkara Kazhchakal. He has delivered equally good performance, which is good asset for the film. He displayed the traits of a typical expatriate.

Aparna's Performance

Aparna Gopinath, who has a strong theatrical background, has donned a geek look with black-rimmed glasses and cropped hair. She has also done a brilliant job and done justice to her role in the movie. Others like Vijayaraghavan, Lalu Alex, Tovino Thomas, Thampi Antony and Savannah Schechter have also done justice to their roles

Technical Works

Jomon T John's picturisation is the main highlight in the technical front. Jomon has an eye for detail and the visuals, which are vibrant in the movie. Gopi Sunder's music is another big strength of the film.
There are some of the best humorous dialogues and funny one-liners. Don Max's editing, Ajay Mangad's art direction, Sameera Saneesh's costumes and Renjith Ambady's make up are also commendable.


ABCD is a wonderful comedy entertainer, which has interesting story that is coupled with best performances and superb technical work. If you are comedy lover, don't miss to watch this film.

ABCD Cast & Crew

Producer: Shibu Thameens
Director: Martin Prakkat
Cast: Dulquar Salman, Jacob Gregory, Aparna Gopinath, Vijayaraghavan, Lalu Alex, Tovino Thomas, Thampi Antony and Savannah Schechter
Music: Gopi Sunder
Camera: Jomon T John
Release date: June 14, 2013

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