In Martin Prakkat's ABCD, two loosey-goosey US bred youth come to India and learns how bad the country is!
Johns (Dulquer Salmaan) is the son of a wealthy US based entrepreneur and Korah (Jacob Gregory) is his cousin. The two are busy merrymaking in New York but things go horribly wrong for them after a fight at a pub, with a black American.
The parents send the two off to Kerala where they are left in dire straits, forced to use a common Indian toilet and live with a pittance at their disposal. They join a college soon after and certain unprecedented incidents change their fortunes and they start hogging the headlines in a big way.
Well, the basic premise seems to be pretty fine but the problem is the way it has been executed. After some routine shots in the US with loud music and a badly written song, slow motions and all the usual items that you would expect; things go from bad to worse when the duo comes to Kerala.
The jokes are puerile, mostly connected to fart ‘n’ shit, with some underwear numbers and double meaning lines sprinkled in between, perhaps in accordance with the current comedy trend. In a way, it all reflects all along in the film as well, with the actors yelling out their dialogues followed with music that could seriously trouble your ears!
It is as simple as this. If you can laugh while listening to someone fart or when they have a problem using an Indian toilet properly, there could be certain funny moments here and there.
The screenplay and dialogues have been credited to four, including the director and after a while you could start wondering is this a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth? With a shaky script, this one seems to go on and on, with a total length of around two hours and forty minutes.
Now, it is Dulquer Salmaan's show all the way and in all fairness the young actor has given his heart and soul into his character. But it is just that it doesn't make much of an impact, without any real support from the film's script.
Jacob Gregory of the TV comedy 'Akkarakkazhchakal' fame looks funny and has done a fine job. Debutante heroine Aparna Gopinath has nothing much to do other than to look tough like a student activist, which she does in a nice way.
The rest of the cast, including Vijayaraghavan and Tovino Thomas are fine but the silence of Lalu Alex is at times indeed surprising.
ABCD is pretty colorful but that is not all that you look forward to, while going for a movie, right? And that is pretty sad, since this film had all the resources but has not been used to make a gripping entertainer.
For the hardcore fans of Dulquer Salmaan, the film could be fine in parts. The rest of the world, try this one at your own risk please.
Verdict: Lowbrow comedy