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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Did you know? The movie also features Anna Kathrina Valayil, who sung the hit song 'Appangalembadum' in Ustad Hotel. Read More
Out-and-out laugh riot with fine performances
Life takes a totally unpredicted turn
Takes you on a fun ride
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Film Type:
Feature Film
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Music Director: Gopi Sundar
Lyricist: Santhosh Varma
Playback Singer: Dulquer Salmaan
Music Director: Gopi Sundar
Lyricist: Santhosh Varma
Playback Singer: Suchith Suresan
Music Director: Gopi Sundar
Lyricist: Rafeeq Ahamed
Playback Singer: Gopi Sundar
The actor playing the villainous role of the police Commissioner is who is an ace ad filmmaker and writer. He makes his debut as an actor through this movie.

The soundtrack of this movie features a remixed version of the famous song "Nayaapaisayilla" sung by Mehaboob for the 1960 film 'Neelisally'. This version will be sung by Junior Mehaboob, his son.

The movie also features Anna Kathrina Valayil, who sung the hit song 'Appangalembadum' in Ustad Hotel.

The movie has incorporated traditional sounds through a folk group, Karindalakoottam, rendering some songs.

As the lead actors have grown up in America and are used to the Western style of dressing, the costume designer Sameera Saneesh, was directed to design clothing to match those standards and styles.

Jacob Gregory was chosen after his performance as Girigiri on the famous Malayali sitcom 'Akkara Kazhchakal' about a middle class Malayali American family settled in the 'U.S.'. Jacob Gregory auditioned for the role and had been in Kerala for two months. Martin Prakkat had trained Jacob Gregory for the film in his own home and introduced him to the ways of Mollywood. Jacob Gregory had been part of the film from the scripting process itself.
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