Do you know what a spoiler in remakes becomes? It’s obviously the addition of unwanted elements that an auteur personally wants to insert and make it look better than the best. 22 Female Kottayam, the Malayalam film directed by Aashiq Abu with Fahadh Faasil and Riima Kallingal playing the lead was held high on regards for the abrupt truth of what was happening the nation. Of course, the scenario still persists where the women are mercilessly raped. They are either killed or left all throughout their lives to remain in pain. But what happens if one among them rose back and retaliated against the cruel men and society.
Nithya Menen is one such character whose life is devastated when the boss of her boyfriend rapes her mercilessly. But that is not the end for this girl for she comes across more upheavals in life when the ones she trusted most stab her. It’s time for the girl to retaliate and what forms crust of the story is more interesting.
The first hour completely travels on the romantic quotients of the lead actors, which was supposed to be cool and emotional. But it turns out to be an amateur drama. At times, it leaves us puzzled is it a film from Sripriya who has been in the industry for a very long time. The tale gets a heavy dosage of pulse only in the second half. If not for Nithya Menen, the film would have lost its credibility borrowed from the original version. Krish makes a decent performance with his portions. Naresh in an unconventional role is far beyond his abilities and has done a neat job. Kovai Sarala tries her best to tickle our funny bones, but is not up to the expected levels. Kota Srinivasa Rao is as best as usual.
The songs are not worthy of appreciations and the feminism tracks are completely unwanted here. There is no reason that women on vengeance should have an infuriated look all the time. The climax is done with excellence. The cinematography works at its best in some places, but the jarring edit works could have been avoided.
If you have one reason to watch this film, it’s all for the sake of Nithya Menen who exerts her best efforts to fill the screen space with diligence.
Verdict: Okay, but not as best as original version.