: Shanu and Ambros are two youngsters who struggle to make the ends meet. Already neck deep in debt, they try a variety of businesses, without much success in any. Following a friend’s advice, they decide to try their luck in filmmaking as a last resort.
: Business, no doubt, is a gamble and most people who plunge into it struggle big time before lady luck favours them. What’s it that motivate them to persist despite setbacks, until they reach the shores of affluence? Director Vinu Joseph tries to explore the various humorous and challenging aspects of it, through his comedy drama Rosapoo.
Shanu (Biju Menon) and Ambros (Neeraj Madhav) are on a mission to make money, by hook or crook. The story, set in Fort Kochi and Chennai is largely about filmmaking, the struggles of the crew behind the scenes at various levels. It also tries to give a strong message about how, unlike the common man perception, female actresses can’t be equated to an ‘available commodity.’
The film’s first half establishes the premise, showing how the lead duo evade the money lenders and try one thing after the other to survive. The story attempts to showcase the various stages of movie making, the sentiments behind the process, the compulsion involved in making a particular kind of movie, and more. Kollywood actress Anjali has done her part well as an artiste and so has Soubin Shahir through his wit, enacting a greedy production controller. As an aspiring, good hearted filmmaker, Neeraj Madhav has done his part well. Biju Menon entertains, whenever he gets a chance to mouth a punch line.
On the filp side, the film just gets reduced to one of the stories that try to show the efforts behind a feature film, without adding any interesting dimension to it. Except for the song Kochi Kayalil, the rest do not strike you at all or add to the film’s entertainment value. Despite being promoted on the lines of a comedy flick, Rosapoo doesn’t offer value for your money with any memorable piece of humour. The first half stands out by itself, without intriguing you about what comes next or how the story can take a turn. The second half gets unnecessarily dragged, with boring details about the various elements that go into sensible acting. If those were edited out to make the story crisper, it would have made the narrative slightly less mundane.
Giving Rosapoo a miss wouldn’t cost you much, unless you are a diehard fan of Biju Menon or Neeraj Madhav.