Dir: Aashiq Abu
Cast: Rima Kallingal, Fahadh Faasil
BASIC FACTS: After the romantic musical Salt N’ Pepper, director Aashiq Abu narrates the intriguing journey of a nurse, who lives in Bangalore.
PLOT: Tessa K Abraham (Rima Kallingal) hails from Kottayam, works in Bangalore and dreams to work abroad. Her parents are no more and she has a younger sister. Tessa befriends a smart guy named Cyril (Fahadh Faasil) working in an immigration consultancy and the two fall in love. But things go horribly wrong for the poor girl soon after.
REVIEW: The film is being projected as a female oriented one, but the climax reveals that it has actually been conceived by some male chauvinists. Copied from Sriram Raghavan’s 2004 film Ek Hasina Thi (it has been mentioned in the end titles as filmography. Now what does ‘filmography’ mean?), this version looks pretty weak.
The girl has been presented as someone who is too eager to be friendly with the smart guy, making statements like ‘I am not a virgin’ (perhaps an easy ticket to be called ‘modern’!). She seems to be asking for trouble and it is not really clear what Cyril’s actual purpose was.
Bad writing and okay direction has been made to look fine with a good packaging. Rima and the rest of the cast, Fahadh, Sathar, T G Ravi and Prathap Pothen, have done their parts impressively. The camera by Shyju Khaled and music by Bijibal and Rex Vijayan are really good.
22 Female Kottayam is a sincere attempt, which could have been much better.