22 Female Kottayam was a Malayalam film which was a brave attempt, packaged in a stylish way. It’s unfair to compare the original with a remake in another language but a film that had all the ingredients which will make the audiences glued to their seats never come together and ends up as a damp squib.
Malini (Nitya Menen) is a young nurse, who hails from Palayamkottai who is working in a private hospital and hoping to find a job and migrate to Canada. Her parents are no more and she has a younger sister Shalini (Vidyulekha). Malini lives with two other nurses Sarala( Kovai Sarala) and Jency (Anjali)
Malini’s life changes after she meets a young man Varun (Krish Sathar) who promises her visa to Canada. She falls for his ample charms quite easily, goes with him to a pub, gets drunk and even moves in to his apartment as she waits for her visa. But fate had different plans in store for her.
The areas that needed more focus have been handled with in a less serious way by director Sri Priya. The character of Malini itself is rather half-baked, with her nature fluctuating quite abruptly. At times she is naïve and gullible, and in latter half, her transformation into the bold and revenge-seeking girl is too fast and looks unconvincing.
The antagonist Prakash played by Naresh is a major disappointment and is no patch on Pratap Pothen who played the psychotic boss. Krish is promising while Nitya Menen struggles to carry the film on her shoulders. The comedy scenes of Kovai Sarala make you cringe in your seats and give the film a crass feel.
Most scenes lack the energy that was required to elevate this film into an edge-of-the-seat revenge drama. What you get is a sadly tiresome film that feels too long with songs and unwanted comedy! And wonder how a film with adult content, booze, bad language and the line- “Can I have sex with you” got through with a clean U certificate?
Verdict: Below Average