Middle Class Melodies on Amazon Prime, with Anand Deverakonda and Varsha Bollamma: A charming slice of small-town life

Posted on November 25, 2020



As in ‘Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya’, we are in a Malayalam movie-flavoured Telugu movie. The film feels like a warm embrace.

Spoilers ahead…

The opening stretch of Vinod Ananthoju’s Middle Class Melodies sets the narrative up like a dream. Over a black screen (the credits are on), we sense that we are in some sort of traditional gathering. (It turns out to be a house-warming ceremony.) The problem is the cow, which refuses to drop dung and sanctify the home. Holy shit! What now? Someone suggests that inserting a stick might help. But no matter. The black screen vanishes, and we get the film’s first image: a healthy splat of cow poop. A sigh of relief reverberates around the gathering, after which we get the borderline-surreal visual of the cow descending the stairs. (The function was on the upper floor of the building.) Meanwhile, we see people moving appliances and furniture into the house. Why the hurry? Because there’s free manpower available. Otherwise, you’ll have to shell out money to the movers, no?

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