: A psychotherapist-turned-homemaker Padmini is pursuing her estranged husband, who is in the Himalayas, participating in a car rally. Her path crosses with that of a daredevil Rani, who is escaping from a pack of goons. Not withstanding mismatched personalities, they develop an interesting bond on the road.
: Most Malayali women grow up getting instructed on how to be an '
' (disciplined and obedient girl). Director Aashiq Abu, who portrayed the powers of a simple girl whose anger was stoked through his renowned movie
22 Female Kottayam
, warns Malayali women against the glorified 'docile personalities' that they are expected to live up to, since childhood. The film is an attempt to put this message across convincingly and does he succeed at that?
Padmini's (Manju Warrier) husband Giri (Jino Jacob), a racing-aficionado, goes for a car rally after signing a joint divorce petition and suggesting it through his mother, out of the blue. A bewildered Padmini decides to follow him to the Himalayas to learn the reasons. Midway, she befriends a tomboyish Rani (Rima Kallingal), who is fleeing from a gang of goons. The journey turns to be an eye-opener for Padmini and expands her personal horizons.
From the regular terrain to the snow-draped mountains depicted in the movie, the visual impact that Rani Padmini leaves is mesmeric and painting-like. There are many engaging, humorous moments shown through the interactions of the lead actors and supporting cast, especially Soubin and Dileesh.
Nevertheless, the show belongs to Rima Kallingal, who has delivered a knockout performance as a non-cliched heroine. She takes giant strides from her previous flick
, as Rani is a markedly different character. Manju too impresses with her comic liners and 'naughty-silly' village belle acts.
The story, nevertheless, fails to convince. The screenplay is engaging in parts, but hits a roadblock on several occasions. For instance, the scene in which Padmini tracks down her husband has hardly any solid interaction between the two and one can't help but wonder 'Is that all?' At least one dialogue of substance could have strengthened the scene.
However, it's the treatment that makes the movie appealing and shuts the eyes of the audience to the non-cohesive writing. Yes, there is enough for fans to go gaga, but for those looking for a strong entertainer from the maker of 22 Female Kottayam and Salt n Pepper, the movie doesn't deliver much. Still, you get to carry home some genuine frames and winning performances by the cast, and for that, Rani Padmini deserves your time.