ABCD: American Born Confused Desi (2019 film)

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ABCD: American Born Confused Desi
ABCD – American Born Confused Desi.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySanjeev Reddy
Produced byMadhura Sreedhar Reddy
Yash Rangineni
Based onABCD: American-Born Confused Desi
by Sooraj-Neeraj
StarringAllu Sirish
Rukshar Dhillon
Nagendra Babu
Master Bharath
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Music byJudah Sandhy
Edited byNaveen Nooli
Madhura Entertainment
Distributed byBig Ben Cinemas
Release date
  • 17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)

ABCD: American Born Confused Desi[1] is an Indian Telugu drama film starring Allu Sirish and Rukshar Dhillon in prominent roles.[2] It is directed by Sanjeev Reddy and produced by Madhura Sreedhar Reddy.[3] The phrase American-Born Confused Desi describes Indians born in America, who have difficulty in balancing their ethnic culture within the majority non-Indian American culture.[4] The film is a remake of the Malayalam film of the same name.[5] The film was released on 24 May 2019.[6][7]


The story revolves around two spoiled youngsters, Aravind (Allu Sirish) and his cousin Bhasha (Master Bharath). Avi is the son of a millionaire (Nagendra Babu) who is settled in New York, while Bhasha's mother left for Paris with her new husband. Aravind and Bhasha enjoy their luxurious life by driving expensive cars, going to pubs, etc. Avi's father decides to send them to India, telling them it is a vacation, but then blocks their credit cards, forcing them to live in poverty in Andhra Pradesh, where they eventually become famous. Aravind and Bhasha try to stay at a hotel, unaware that their credit cards have been blocked, but are soon aware of this fact and try to escape from the hotel to avoid paying. However, they are caught by the hotel manager, who confiscates their visas until they are able to pay. Avi and Bhasha are given very poor accommodations by Avi's father. They try to make money by trading fake bills but are duped. Both Avi and Bhasha join a college to finish their MBA (which was forced to do by Avi's father). Later in the college, he meets Neha (Rukshar Dhillon) and Avi falles in love with her. After a series of events, Neha too reciprocates her feelings towards Avi. Aravind inadvertently becomes a candidate for the Mr. Fame award, and realizes that he can return to America by winning the award and receiving the prize money (500,000 rupees). Bhasha and Avi participate in a protest to increase their popularity, but the event ends up in police lathi charge. Although the event increases the popularity of Aravind and Bhasha, it also draws the attention of Aravind, another Mr. Fame candidate and the son of a minister, who tries to break up the protest through violent means. Amidst the violence, Aravind is finally able to understand and sympathize with the struggles that people born into poverty experience. Avi wins the Mr. Fame award, but confesses the motives behind his actions onstage. Aravind chooses to stay in India and complete his degree.




ABCD – American Born Confused Desi
Soundtrack album by
Judah Sandhy
Released11 May 2019
StudioSathya Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelMadhura Audio
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Judah Sandhy and lyrics by Bhaskarabhatla, Krishna Kanth and Tirupathi Jaavana.

Track listing
1."Mella Mellaga"Sid Sriram, Aditi Bhavaraju04:02
2."Muntha Kallu"Tirupathi Jaavana03:39
3."America Naa America"Benny Dayal, Sanjith Hegde03:17
4."Celebrity"Rahul Sipligunj03:32
5."ABCD"Judah Sandhy03:10
Total length:17:40

Release and marketing[edit]

The film was released on 17 May 2019.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews criticising the performances and lack of a story and screenplay.


  1. ^ "ABCD: American Born Confused Desi – Official Trailer".
  2. ^ "ABCD – American Born Confused Desi trailer: Allu Sirish and Rukshar Dhillon's film promises to be a joyful entertainer".
  3. ^ "American Born Confused Desi trailer: Allu Sirish film promises to be a joy ride".
  4. ^ Deepa Gauri (26 December 2013). "The best of Malayalam cinema in 2013". Khaleej Times. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  5. ^ "ABCD Trailer: Allu Arjun, Rakul Preet wish Allu Sirish loads of luck for his upcoming film".
  6. ^ "ABCD first look: Allu Sirish's film will release in February".
  7. ^ "Allu Sirish's ABCD – American Born Confused Desi to release a week after Mahesh's Maharshi".

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