Meda Meeda Abbayi Review
'Meda Meedha Abbayi', starring Allari Naresh, Nikhila Vimal and Avasarala Srinivas, hits the screens this Friday. Here is our review.
Srinu (Naresh) is good-for-nothing at almost everything. Constantly scorned at by his father (Jayaprakash), he has a 'thotti gang', comprising Hyper Aadhi and Satyam Rajesh in the main.
When Srinu falls in love with Sindhu (debutante Nikhila), least does he know that problems have just begun in his life. He happens to click a selfie with her during a train journey. By the time he returns to his hometown, everyone in the village, including his parents, have started believing that he had eloped with Sindhu, who has been missing.
Now in a soup and staring at the prospect of being convicted in an abduction case, Srinu sets out to trace Sindhu's whereabouts.
To call this film a romantic thriller (as the makers have done) would be quite funny, if not crabby. It's a primitive story line.
It would be improper to say that the director has forgotten to adapt the Malayalam hit 'Oru Vadakkan Selfie' (of which this film is a remake) to Telugu nativity, considering that the 2015 Telugu film 'Ladies & Gentleman' not only contained three such stories in one film but also told them in such a way as would have befitted a self-described thriller. 'OVS' should never have been remade.
The film's trajectory is appalling. It all begins with Srinu's story; his unintelligent ways, his worthlessness and all. Towards the interval, it veers towards the genre of comedy-thriller. So far, so good. In the second half, Srinu starts making one-note, monotonous reactions, excusing himself from the task of determining the direction of the story even once. His funny sidekick (Hyper Aadhi) and a private detective (Avasarala Srinivas) become the driving force. What is worse, they seem to be kinder and more mature than Srinu in dealing with Sindhu's situation, making us wonder if Srinu ever loved Sindhu genuinely.
In an era when transport and communication were non-existent, on-screen heroes in the same situation as Srinu's had to necessarily wait for the heroine's consent to be taken to her village. They couldn't call up and let her parents know where she is in the city. 'Meda Meedha Abbayi' is stuck in that era. You figure out.
Allari Naresh has a certain kind of image. G Prajeeth (director) is from Mollywood. Doing justice to just this comedy hero would have been a Herculean task for a director whose home industry is not exactly known for our-kind of comedies. And having a Hyper Aadhi, known for his 'Jabardasth' comedy on board, is like an SSC student trying to pass double PG in one attempt. No offence meant, but this is the reality.
That said, some of the punch lines and comic repartee work very well. Only that Naresh's agency, and along with it his comic worth, goes missing in the second half.
If she gets the right kind of roles, Nikhila Vimal is a very good actress material. She is not only good-looking but also has it in her to do meaty roles. Avasarala is just about okay.
Shan Rehman's music is forgettable. The BGM suggests that there was no attempt at creating laughter. The 'Aha' tune is straight out of the original. The cinematography is so-so.
A story that is at the level of a subt-plot has been thanklessly promoted to a full-fledged story. So, it's a semi-story. The Mollywood director has no idea of Tollywood-kinda comic pulse.