Decent Time Pass Flick for a Digital Watch
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What Is the Film About?
How Is Anand Deverakonda’s Performance?
It is a no loss no gain kind of scenario for Anand Deverakonda. He is like any other middle-class guy without anything extraordinary in his life. The character did not demand anything from him and he did not try to exhibit something. It just passed off without much Hungama, choosing this film may also be a conscious decision to play safely after the feedback he got for the first film. The much-publicized Guntur slang is nothing to speak about. It is just that he consciously avoided speaking his own Telangana slang, nothing much about Guntur slang.
A newcomer Vinod Anantoju has handled Middle-Class Melodies. He chose a pretty straight forward subject and only tried to give it a fresh treatment. A film like this should have a high dose of comedy without boring the audience.
The film starts on the wayward. For the first 30 minutes or so, you feel things not happening but slowly things fall into the groove. The father’s character and the chemistry he shares with his son are so genuine and every middle-class family can relate to it. The character brings a smile whenever it comes. The love track is totally mishandled. The director fails to establish a good track between them and there is no chemistry as well between the lead pair. If that is handled well, it would have taken care of the first half.
Things get better in the second half with the story moving. The struggle of Raghava in making his business should have been more comically portrayed. That is a big mistake on the part of the director especially after centering the promotions on the hotel part. There is a lost opportunity – The milkman track has the potential of moving the audience. While the director had shown the intention, he should have handled it better. We also get a feeling that the proceedings are a bit dragged in the second half but that’s not threatening. Even though there are no fireworks like sequences, everything works till the end giving a comfortable feeling to the audience.
Finally, Middle-Class Melodies is that kind of film which you can easily sit back and watch at the comfort of your couch. The dynamics changes if the same film releases in theaters but then it is not the case now. So, give it a try -:)
Tamil actress Varsha Bollamma plays the heroine in this film. She is not that kind of fancy heroine which other language heroines are famous for. But she is a perfect fit for the girl in a middle-class setup. She fits the bill for these kinds of characters but we do not know how many of them will come her way in Tollywood. Her character in the film is also not written well and we should she is okay in whatever she got.
The team played safe with relatively new faces for the rest of the characters. In fact, that decision adds to the freshness and authenticity of the story. Goparaju Ramana who played Hero’s father is the major highlight of the film. As said earlier, it is a character that oozes country-side innocence combined with arrogance. He did it very well. If not for him, the first half would have been a damp squib. Chaitanya who did the friend character is good as well. The rest of the characters are fine.
Music and Other Departments?
The technical values of the film are too good. Sweekar Agasthi has come up with pleasant music. A few songs like Guntur Song, Keelugurram, Manchidho Cheddadho are backed by good visuals worked on the screen. The background score by RH Vikram is good, especially in the second half. Sunny Kurapati came up with excellent visuals. The country-side visuals that come in the start are too good. The team managed to get good visuals of Guntur. Janardhan Pasumarthi penned the dialogues and they worked well. Editing is decent. Probably, there can be some trimming in the second half to make it a bit racy. The Production Values are superb.
Good Casting suiting the middle-class setup
Father Character and Father-son track
Comedy in the second half
Initial parts of the first half
Poor Love Track
Lack of Depth in Execution
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Yes for a Digital Watch
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