Critic’s Rating : 3.5 / 5
Made In Bengaluru Movie Review : A sweet start-up story turns sour for a middle class boy
Review: Suhas (Madhusudhan Govind), an engineer, quits his IT job to open his own start-up, and develops an app, a farm to fork, delivering vegetables from farmers to consumers. His parents – Manjunath Hegade and Sudha Belawadi – aren’t financially sound, but that does not stop them from encouraging him to follow his dreams. He convinces two friends – Dinesh and Rahul – to join as well. He approaches Mohan Reddy (Sai Kumar), a gangster, for a quick loan, and Reddy demands Rs 50 lakh in return, a year later. The first three months are smooth, however things begin to turn sour when a female employee joins to bring work-place discipline – Nidhi (Himanshi Varma), who Suhas falls in love with. She helps develop the app, and suggests hiring a marketing team to further it. Here Hash enters, charging Rs 2 lakh a month for his app services. Three months later, seeing no improvement, the team checks on Hash, and finds that Nidhi and Hash have fled with the money, and app codes. Can Suhas get over this personal and professional betrayal?
Made In Bengaluru takes the audience on a journey of a middle-class boy, who starts successfully, only to lose it all in six months. It is a trial by fire. There are several funny scenes – when Kuber Shetty (Vineet Kumar) comes on screen. Despite having several fresh faces, the film is not forced, with natural performances. MIB is a realistic social drama and the actors have kept their performances real. The first half is an engaging fun ride, and the second half is driven by performances and emotions.
With a mixed bag of senior actors and newbies, the story moves to the next phase with the appearance of each character. Lead actor Madhusudhan deserves a special mention for his top-notch performance in his debut film. He has three different shades, and has carried the film on his shoulders. Shankar Murthy as Bhatta wins big in the emotional scenes. Talent bundles Anant Nag, Sai Kumar and Prakash Belawadi have ably supported the film. Debutant director Pradeep Shastry has come up with a film that connects with youngsters, and has executed well, albeit with tiny flaws. The music – melody to rock to punk, blend well with the feel of the film.
The pace is a tad slow, and drags after a certain point. The ‘tribute to Bengaluru’ part might have been oversold as one rarely gets to see it, even as a metaphor. The film is not without its flaws, but it still makes for a decent one-time watch for a fresh concept, and top-notch performances.