Middle Class Melodies Movie Review: A Story As Heartwarming As Delicious Bombay Chutney
Review: Vinod Anantoju’s Middle class melodies it has nothing to do with music; the melodies here refer to the familiar rhythms in middle-class Indian life. Whether it’s the swear words a father throws, not out of hatred, but out of love or the way women try to balance and assert their rights when the time comes, no rhythm in this beautiful story seems unfamiliar.
Raghava (Anand Deverakonda) decides to make his delicious Bombay chutney famous in Guntur the day he learns it from his mother Lakshmi (Surabhi Prabhavathi) as a child in Kolakaluru. His father Kondala Rao (Goparaju Ramana) is a noisy man who runs a tiffin center, a temperament his son also inherits. With the support of his parents, he moves to the ‘big city’ to make all his dreams come true. Sandhya (Varsha Bollamma) has been in love with Raghava for years and struggles to get close to him. But when being famous for its Bombay chutney is Raghava’s first priority, the way it manages to make its mark shapes history.
From the very first frame, Vinod makes it clear that no heartwarming music or heroism will be featured in this story. It’s hard not to vomit with laughter at the ridiculous sight of an old woman being thrown into a chair with ropes tied to them or by Raghava’s friend Gopal (Chaitanya Garikipati) who is so obsessed with horoscopes that he’s even willing to leave go to Gautami (Divya Sripada), a girl who loves because she was born at a certain time. But at one point in the tale, the familiarity becomes too much, which makes you wonder why some of the clues, like that of Gopal’s uncle and a check fund, are explored in detail.
Middle class melodies It’s not without its flaws, it also seems to miss out on a secret ingredient that would make it great, but refreshingly offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of characters you can relate to. Because this movie isn’t just about Raghava and his dream, even if that holds the story together. The best part of the movie is that it never overdoes it with emotions, keeping the humor and anger both natural. The bittersweet rhythms of this tale are backed up by capable performances not just from Anand (whose voice and diction sometimes recall his brother Vijay Deverakonda) and Varsha (who is cute as a peach), but from each and every member of the band. The cast (including a hilarious cameo from Tharun Bhascker) and Goparaju Ramana make their mark. Janardhan Pasumarthi’s dialogue, along with soulful music by Sweekar Agasthi and RH Vikram and cinematography by Sunny Kurapati, also add soul to the film.
Middle class melodies and the story of an underdog is as old as time. But it’s also as comforting as a delicious Bombay chutney made with love, making it worth a look.