'Maa Abbayi', starring Sree Vishnu in the lead role, hits the screens today. Here is our review of the action-rom-com.
Sree Vishnu plays a youngster whose doting parents and loving sister give him fulfillment in life. His new neighbour Chitra Shukla is beautiful and he predictably falls in love with her.
When his parents and sister are snuffed out by a bomb blast, he becomes an orphan overnight.
Seething with rage, like a typical avenging hero in a mass action entertainer, he takes it upon himself to trace the whereabouts of those behind the gory blast. In his efforts to nab the terrorist network behind the blast, he has none to fall back on, except his own IQ, intuition and guts.
'Maa Abbayi' suffers from one too many lacunae. Scores of people have died in one of the deadliest blasts, but the only one interested in catching the culprit is the hero! No cop is seen around even though the lodge from where the terrorists executed the blast is known to the whole world!
Pray, how does the hero trace the culprits? Every time he watches news, he cracks some major break in the case! What is not found in news, he will google it and find it out!
Since no cop worth his salt his investigating the case, it's only our 'abbayi' alone who can talk to a lodge employee and discover that not six, but only two terrorists stayed in the lodge. One to one-and-a-half questions later, the hero has another major clue!
Once he is back after doing such probing, his sexy girl friend (remember the neighbour?) is there to titillate him back home. She is sorry that he is not romantic even a week after his family died. Poor girl, you know. It's in these moments that the film becomes quite unpredictable. Will it be a beach song next or a bedroom song? Us lesser mortals just can't crack it. It's not like the hero is entirely rock-solid and single-minded in eliminating the villains, before which he won't have 'muddu-mucchata'. He falls for her and dances like an item. Remember that this is a linearly told film. It's not even a week since his family members were killed! The lyrics of the beach song go something like this: 'Kasiga koruku..' Oh yes! The script writer did do it. He greedily ate away, bit by bit, whatever tempo the story potentially had!
And the villain knows everything about the hero, except the fact that he has a girl friend! Wow.
The film starts making a wee bit of sense in the last 20 minutes or so, that too mainly because of some dialogues and a semblance of intensity. Otherwise, the element of the hero alerting a terrorist about the police's attack on him is a mind-boggling one.
Sree Vishnu must take care not to go for illogical scripts. It would have made some sense had the bomb blast been shown in the flashback. Otherwise, the hero does a fair enough job. Chitra Shukla is beautiful and that's all. The one who played the villain is promising and can go a long way if he chooses the right scripts.
Surprisingly, the cinematography is proper. The songs are just OK. At least one song should be edited out.
'Maa Abbayi' is riddled with inane ideas. In telling the story of a hero's hunt for the terrorists who killed his family, the writer-director takes too many creative liberties and throws sensibilities to the winds.