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Director  Martin Prakkat
Country  India
6.6/10 IMDb

Language  Malayalam
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Release date  14 June 2013 (2013-06-14)

ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi is a 2013 Malayalam comedy film directed by Martin Prakkat, produced by Shibu Thameens under the banner of Thammens Films. It stars Dulquer Salmaan, Jacob Gregory, Aparna Gopinath and Tovino Thomas in the lead roles. The film features music composed by Gopi Sunder, cinematography is handled by Jomon T. John. The film deals about the journey of two young American Malayalees to Kerala. The title is based on the term American-Born Confused Desi.


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The Khaleej Times calls it one of the "remarkable box-office success[es]" of the year.

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The story revolves around two spoiled youngsters: Jones Isaac (Dulquer Salmaan) and his cousin Korah (Jacob Gregory). Johns is the son of a billionaire named Isaac (Lalu Alex) who is settled in New York, while Korah's mother left for Paris with her new husband. Johns and Korah enjoy their luxurious life by driving luxurious cars, going to pubs etc.


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  • Dulquar Salman as Jones Isaac
  • Jacob Gregory as Korah Murickal
  • Aparna Gopinath as Madhumitha
  • Tovino Thomas as Akhilesh Varma
  • Vijayaraghavan as K.P. Ravi Varma
  • Lalu Alex as Isaac John, Johns' dad
  • Sajini Zachari as Susan, Johns' mom
  • S.P.Sreekumar as Lloyd Fernandes
  • Shivaji Guruvayoor as Vennala Gopalan
  • Sijoy Varghese as Police Commissioner
  • Krishnabhaskar Mangalasserri as College Professor
  • Chempil Ashokan as Zachariya
  • Kalpana as Mariyamma
  • Nandhu as Kunjachan
  • Kalasala Babu as Chief Minister
  • Santhakumari
  • Thampi Antony as Thampi
  • Nawas Kalabhavan as Saji
  • Savannah Schechter as Johns' Girl friend
  • Production

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    The project was announced a few months before it's shoot, acquiring the licence to shoot in the US delayed the commencement of the project. Initially many actresses were considered for the heroine including Isha Talwar, but theatre artist Aparna Gopinath was selected for the role in her debut film. Jacob Gregory, a mutual friend of Martin played the character of Korah. He himself showed interest in playing Korah and auditioned for the role. He had been part of the film from the scripting process itself.


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    The shooting was announced to start in March 2013 in U.S. New York City was the main location for the scenes shot in America. The original plan was to start the shooting of the film in the U.S. but that had to be changed after it became difficult to get the required permission and the visas. So the schedules were altered and the scenes in Kerala was wrapped up first. The college scenes were shot inside the Federal Institute of Science And Technology (FISAT), Angamaly. The filming of few 'montage cuts' for showing in between the songs were shot at the college.

    Critical reception

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    Unni R Nair of Kerala9 stated that the movie is a "confused mess to an extent" and was "not up to the mark", but gave 3.5 stars in a scale of 5. Sudheer Shah, writing for IndiaGlitz, awarded the movie 6.5 stars out of 10, concluding that "ABCD is one movie that must not be taken with any bit of seriousness." and that "If you have a few hours to laugh out for simple jokes that are not that intelligent, this is your movie." Shekhar of OneIndia gave the movie 3/5 stars, called the movie "a wonderful comedy entertainer, which has an interesting story" and said that "If you are comedy lover, don't miss to watch this film." Aswin J Kumar of The Times of India wrote that the movie is "watchable for the chemistry between Johns and Kora", giving it 3 stars. Rahul of Metro Matinee rated the movie as Entertaining, while stating that "it entertains in full throttle, asks the right questions and provides moments of emotional ecstasy and angst, all of which is part and parcel of a feel good movie." Paresh C Palicha of Rediff awarded the movie 2.5 stars, and wrote that the movie "is a showcase for Dulquer Salmaan; nothing more, nothing less."


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    The music of the film is from Gopi Sundar. The soundtrack features a remixed version of the song "Nayaapaisayilla" sung by Mehaboob for the 1960 film Neelisally. This version will be sung by Junior Mehaboob.


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