ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi (2013)

 ●  Malayalam ● 2 hrs 40 mins

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The story revolves around two spoiled youngsters: Johns 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. One day, they are arrested by the police for beating up a guy in a pub, who takes revenge by attacking Johns' house. Johns' parents convince him to go to Kerala in India with Korah for vacation. Although reluctant at first, Johns and Korah leave for India. In India, they are shocked when they realize that their bank accounts are blocked by John's father, in a last attempt to teach them how to lead a simple life. They decide to sell their laptop, iPad and mobile to meet daily expenses. They also learn from John's dad that they have to live with a monthly expenses of 5000 rupees. His dad also force them to go to a college. With no other choice, they start to live a simple life. In college, they meet a tomboy named Madhumitha (Aparna Gopinath), whom Johns falls in love with. In an attempt to impress Madhumitha, Johns makes up a story that they came to India to help the poor by leading a simple life. A news editor overhears this story and publishes an article in the newspaper about Johns and Korah. Following this article, Johns and Korah's news goes viral and they become public idols across Kerala. Meanwhile, Ravi Varma (Vijayaraghavan), a minister in Kerala, dies and his son Akhilesh Varma (Tovino Thomas) decides to take his position as minister. During this time, Johns and Korah go missing after a protest against the police.They later show up in Madhumitha's house, asking her for some money for the flight ticket so they can return to America. Fearing that Johns and Korah's publicity among the poor would affect his election, Akhilesh ambushes Johns and Korah when they are about to leave for America. They are eventually arrested by Akhilesh's supportive city police commissioner (Sijoy Varghese). They are soon shocked to learn that the Government is deporting them back to New York after becoming fed up with their antics. Johns' father arrives in the airport to take them, only to be surprised to learn that Johns and Korah have became famous in Kerala. The movie ends with a series of events that takes place after Johns and Korah leave India. Akhilesh losers the election and many homeless people get their houses built by the Government as a result of Johns and Korah's protests. Johns returns the money Madhumitha gave them for buying the flight tickets. He also confesses to her that he loves her, but Madhumitha rejects him, although she loves him back too. Although Johns and Korah have learnt a great deal from their time in India, they are still troublemakers who are enjoying their life in New York.
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Life takes a totally unpredicted turn
Out-and-out laugh riot with fine performances
Takes you on a fun ride
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as Madhumitha
as Johns Isaac
as Korah Murickal
Supporting Actor
as Zachariya
as Chief Minister
as Mariyamma
as College Professor
as Isaac John, Johns' dad
as Kunjachan
as Lloyd Fernandes
Supporting Actress
as Vennala Gopalan
as Police Commissioner
as Thampi
as Akhilesh Varma
as K.P. Ravi Varma


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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
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Movie Connection(s):
Remade as: ABCD (Telugu)
This movie sees the debut of an ace ad filmmaker and writer as the villainous police Commissioner.

This movie features the remixed version of the famous song 'Nayaapaisayilla' from the 1960 film 'Neelisally' sung by Junior Mehaboob.

Anna Kathrina Valayil, who sang the hit song 'Appangalembadum' is also featured in this film.

The folk group Karindalakoottam, has incorporated traditional sounds in some of the rendered songs.

The standards and styles of costumes used were to match the Western style of dressing as the lead actors have grown up there.