Middle Class Melodies review – Simple tale with well written characters

Title: Middle Class Melodies
Rating: 3/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Anand Deverakonda, Varsha Bollamma, Goparaju Ramana, Chaitanya Garikipati, Divya Sriprada
Director: Vinod Anantoju
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Language: Telugu

Story: Raghava (Anand Deverakonda) and his parents run a small hotel in their village in Guntur district. He has two main goals in life – to start his own hotel in Guntur town and to marry his ‘maradhalu’ Sandhya (Varsha Bollamma). How did he achieve his goals forms the story.

Performances: Anand Deverakonda still has a long way to go as a performer. He is not up to the mark as a lead actor in this film and needs to take some time off and work on his skills. He gets completely dominated by the supporting actors in every scene. Thanks to a good script, his performance turned passable as the movie progressed. Goparaju Ramana, who played Anand’s father is the show stealer in this film. He is simply superb in his role of a rural middle class father. Right from his Guntur slang to his angry outbursts, he has simply nailed it and he has everything in him to become a great character artist like Rao Ramesh in the future. Varsha Bollamma is cute and has done her part neatly. Chaitanya Garikipati, who played Anand’s friend is excellent and is another great talent to watch out for. Divya Sriprada, Surabhi Prabhavati, Prem Sagar and all other supporting actors have done their parts very perfectly and elevated the script.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good and captured the fresh Guntur backdrop on a good note. Music is pleasant and flows along with the film without causing any disturbance. Editing is decent but some tiny bits could have been chopped off to make the movie more crisper. Production design deserves a mention for successfully making a film entirely in Guntur and surrounding areas.

Analysis: The strength of this film is the script. A very simple story can be made effective with good characters and good writing. Director and writer Vinod Anantoju along with his co writer Janardhan Pasumarthi have proven this fact with their neat and clear characterizations. The director’s clarity and vision are clear right from the title of the film to the last frame. There are no unwanted deviations or characters. All the subplots have worked well in this film, mainly the ones featuring hero’s father and hero’s friend’s love story. Barring the usage of cuss words in a few scenes, there is no vulgarity in this film and can be watched with family. There are no pace issues in the film but the wafer-thin storyline and the entire movie revolving around a certain set of characters and their activities alone may not be liked by some people. The hero’s performance is the major weak link in the film and selecting a slightly more experienced actor like Sree Vishnu or Satyadev as the hero would have worked wonders for this film.

On a whole: Middle Class Melodies is a simple and neat film with good writing and well defined characters. A worthy timepass watch.

Rating: 3/5

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