MIDDLE CLASS ABBAYI STORY: Nani’s (Nani) brother (Rajeev Kanakala) and his friends are his world. But he shares a love-hate relationship with his sister-in-law Jyothi (Bhumika Chawla). What happens when Shiva (Vijay Varma) threatens his family, is what ‘MCA’ is all about.
MIDDLE CLASS ABBAYI REVIEW: Nani (Nani) is the RX 100-throttling ‘middle class abbayi’ with family values and sentimental emotions running off the chart. He’s forced to move to Warangal to stay with his sister-in-law, Jyothi (Bhumika Chawla) while his brother is working in Delhi. Nani believes her to be the devil incarnate, the unnecessary wedge between him and his brother. But what happens when Jyothi gets on the wrong side of the local baddie Shiva (Vijay Varma) and Nani’s family is threatened?
‘MCA’ (Middle Class Abbayi) is a film that starts off on an extremely light note. The brother-in-law stuck with the vadina he hates, but being forced to carry out household chores delivers a few laughs. So does the love track he has with spunky and beautiful Pallavi/Chinni (Sai Pallavi), who seems to know her mind and takes charge of the relationship even before Nani knows what hit him. Shaking things up in this saccharine sweet family drama is Shiva (Vijay Varma) who’s introduced as the psychopath who murdered his friend when he was just 12 because he ‘always likes to win’.
Things take a darker turn right before the interval and stay that way till the credits roll, with the film ending on a lighter note again. There’s nothing much to be said about the story of ‘MCA’ really which runs on the same tropes that every other Tollywood masala entertainer does. There’s the smart hero (whose superpower in the film is photographic memory), there’s the heroine (who seems to be in the film just to show-off her moves while singing duets with the hero) and then there’s the family that the hero will protect at all costs, even if it might cost him his life. Gasp! Most importantly, there’s the menacing baddie that the hero must slay.
Nani is good enough in his role as the middle-class man who values the relationships he forms. He is a delight to watch on screen and does his best with the flat role he’s offered. Sai Pallavi is beautiful and dances like a dream, but has yet again been handed the short end of the rope. It is maybe only Bhumika, whom the audience have seen after a long time, who will be memorable in her role as the straightforward and honest RTO officer.
Despite Naresh, Rajeev Kanakala, Vennela Kishore and Priyadarshi having key roles in the film, they hardly get any screen-time because this is a Nani and Bhumika show through and through. It’s only the big bad Shiva who gets almost enough screen time for his menace to truly come through, almost being the key word here, despite Vijay Varma being stupendous in his role.
The cinematography of the film is good enough, while the songs fail to make an impression. It is the BGM that is the star of the show, going in sync with the proceedings on-screen and entertaining the audience. The first half of the film is entertaining, while the second half gets draggy at parts. A tighter and maybe, a more focused screenplay devoid of masala elements would’ve elevated the movie to a different level. ‘MCA’ is good enough for a one-time watch, especially if you’re a Nani fan or a sucker for family dramas. Leave your minds at home for this one.