Story, Screenplay, and Direction: Upendra Madhav
Behind the Screens:
Nandamuri Kalyan Ram has no proper hit after his Pataas. He shed a lot of weight and became fit for his last film, Ism but it has ended up as a big debacle. The actor is now joining hands with a newcomer, Upendra Madhav for a film titled MLA – Manchi Lakshanalunna Abbayi. The film is releasing today. Let us see how the movie has fared with the audience.
Kalyan (Kalyan Ram) falls for Indu (Kajal Agarwal) in the first sight but she tries to evade him and later she falls into a problem. Kalyan saves her with his intelligence and from then, Indu starts reciprocates for his love. But Indu’s father wants the local MLA (Ravi Kishan) to be his son-in-law. Rest of the story is all about how Kalyan becomes an MLA to win Indu’s hand.
Kalyan Ram has evolved as an actor with Pataas. He is much improved in comedy and emotional sequences. His styling and costumes are impressive. Kajal has got a role with meat. She is good but is confined only to songs in the second half. Ravi Kishan is good as a villain. Vennela Kishore takes care of the comedy in the first half and Prudhvi in the second half. Posani Krishna Murali’s dialogues have gone overboard.
This is the first film of Upendra Madhav. He tried to play safe with a Pucca Commercial Entertainer and did not try to experiment. The director tried to mix the style of his Guru Srinu Vaitla and Koratala Siva in the film. If not for the predictable second half, he is largely good. Mani Sharma’s songs are impressive but their placement is terribly wrong. The background score in the action sequences is very good. Camera work is good while the Editing is just okay. Production Values are Impressive.
MLA is an out and out commercial entertainer. The first half has no story except for the hero trying to woo the heroine. The logic goes for a toss when Kalyan saves Indu’s property but then it is funny. The interval bang is impressive. The first half is more in Srinu Vaitla’s style in which hero makes the villain a bakra. The second half runs in Koratala’s format with hero trying for something good for the society. But then, the second half is too predictable. Even though the story is nothing new, we can enjoy it if leave the logic.
MLA – Routine But Decent Commercial Entertainer
Cast: Kalyan Ram, Kajal Agarwal, Ravi Kishan, Posani, Prudhvi, Vennela Kishore, and Others
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, and Direction: Upendra Madhav
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Prasad Murella
Editing: Bakkina Thammiraju
Production Company: Blue Planet Entertainments
Producers: Kiran Reddy, Bharat Chowdary, Viswa Prasad
Release date: March 23rd, 2018