Meda Meeda Abbayi review: A decent remake

Allari Naresh and Nikhila Vimal in Meda Meeda Abbayi along with other actors.   | Photo Credit: BY ARRANGEMENT

The Telugu film industry is in a stage of transition with audience turning their back to template films; Sensible directors are now taking time to dish out new scripts rather than risking their career with just any regular story or opting for a re-make that has been a huge hit.

Allari Naresh who is on a low with a string of unsuccessful films has taken a wise decision to rope in the same director who made Oru Vadakkan Selfie for Meda Meeda Abbayi.

To a great extent director Prajeeth could bring in the nativity to the story, retain the sanity in the script but one cannot draw a comparison between Nivin Pauly and Naresh.

The Malayalam film in the first half had every scene that would leave you in splits, here Naresh for some reason had toned down the comedy quotient and had worn a serious expression.

It was however balanced by ‘Hyper’ Aadhi who was hilarious and brought smiles. But for those who saw the hit film in Malayalam, the Telugu version may not give full satisfaction. For others, it will be an average entertainer.

Meda Meeda Abbayi
  • Cast: Allari Naresh, Nikhila Vimal
  • Music: Shaan Rehman
  • Direction: Prajeeth G

Newcomer Nikhila Vimal is beautiful and does a believable portrayal of a girl who runs away from her home to meet her boyfriend. Naresh in the story is a good-for-nothing engineering student who wants to become a film director some day, so ends up blowing up all the money in the house and that of his friend’s to make a short film that would be one day uploaded on Youtube.

The entire trial practically going down the drain, he goes to Hyderabad and that is where the drama begins. Naresh takes a selfie with Nikhila Vimal in the train and sends it to his friend, the latter makes it public and the girl’s parents are furious thinking Naresh and Nikhila eloped.

The second half is about Naresh hunting for Nikhila and solving her problem. It is a selfie in the train that builds the premise and that famous scene here is a big downer, Naresh could have brought in life to that train episode but it ends as a routine play.

Srinivas Avasarala is perfect choice as a detective. Songs are few but are pleasing on the ear.

Technically the film is fine. The plus point is the writing, and the actor who walks away with the best lines is Hyper Aadhi.

Hyper Aadhi has good intentions in the story, to save his friend, and he is constantly boosting his friend Naresh’s self esteem. On one occasion when the hero lands in a problem, he chides Aadhi, “matter lenodiki matter ledhani cheppali gaani nuvvu Daggubati Rana ani nettakoodadhu,” pushing us to wonder of Rana’s accomplishments.

It is only in the scenes that come later that has references to Baahubali, you know he is talking about the brawn.

It is a slowly narrated film that manages to keep the audience in good humour, it could have been a more striking story with better energy levels from Naresh. However, it is a good choice and attempt.

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Printable version | Oct 12, 2021 1:43:58 PM |

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