Kalyan Ram has made a comeback with Pataas. Since then there is no looking back. After scoring hit as producer with Jai Lava Kusa, he has donned the makeup for MLA for which he had collaborated with Upendra.
Kalyan is a good Samaritan. His good qualities, deeds earned him the sobriquet of ‘Manchi Lakshnalunna Abbayi’ i.e MLA. He fights with his father and gets his sister married to her love. He moves to Bangalore along with the couple. There he joins a company. He develops love on his company’s chairman’s daughter Indu (Kajal). When Kalyan gets to know that the company has a serious problem due to a land-grabber Maratalli (Ajay), he comes forward to solve it on a condition – Indu should love him. She agrees his proposal and Kalyan solves it with a knack.
Meanwhile, Indu’s original identity is revealed. She is friend of Chairman’s daughter. She is on a run as she was engaged to her constituency’s MLA Gaadappa (Ravi Kishan) against to her wish. Kalyan meets Kajal’s parents (Jayaprakash Reddy) to convince him for their marriage. He agrees on a condition that Kalyan should become their constituency’s MLA.
Kalyan takes up the challenge. What forms rest is how Kalyan faces Gaadappa.
Kalyan Ram does justice to his role as MLA. He did a decent job. Kajal is apt for the role. She revs up the glam quotient. With her acting prowess and glam presence, Kajal takes the film to next level. She shined in her brief character. Ravi Kishan is usual as baddie, MLA Gaadappa. Jayaprakash Reddy is alright. Rest of the cast also did well.
Fun at portions
Writer-turned-director Upendra has come up with an interesting political drama laced with commercial elements. The first half of the film is racy, entertaining. Post interval, the film turns predictable. Yet, the film appeals to masses. It has all the elements that strike a chord with masses. Songs could have been better. Screenplay is also regular. Despite its shortcomings, MLA targets masses and director succeeded in impressing them.
MLA is a commercial potboiler. Watch it for Kajal, Kalyan Ram.