22 Female Kottayam

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22 Female Kottayam
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Promotional poster
Directed by Aashiq Abu
Produced by O. G. Sunil
Written by Abhilash S Kumar
Syam Pushkaran
Starring Rima Kallingal
Fahadh Faasil
Music by Bijibal
Rex Vijayan (BGM)
Cinematography Shyju Khalid
Edited by Vivek Harshan
Production
  company
Film Brewery
Distributed by PJ Entertainments Europe
Release date(s)
  • April 13, 2012 (2012-04-13)
[1]
Running time 122 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

22 Female Kottayam, also known as 22FK, is a 2012 Malayalam–language Indian thriller drama film directed by Aashiq Abu and starring Rima Kallingal and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles.[2] The film concerns the travails of a 22 year old nurse Tessa (Rima Kallingal) from Kottayam who was raped and takes revenge on her tormentors. Set and filmed in Bangalore, the film released on April 13, 2012, and received strongly positive reviews from critics. It was also well received at the box-office.[3] Rima Kallingal won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in 22 Female Kottayam and Nidra.[4]

Plot[edit]

Tessa (Rima Kallingal) is a nursing student in Bangalore with plans of traveling to Canada for a career. She meets Cyril (Fahadh Faasil) from the travel consultancy agency working towards setting up her visa. They soon fall in love and start living together. Tessa loves him with all her heart and takes their relationship and living together seriously.

One day while at a pub, a guy misbehaves with Tessa and Cyril beats him up badly. The guy tries to take revenge on Cyril and searches for him. Cyril goes into hiding with the help of his boss Hegde (Prathap Pothen). Hegde arrives at Cyril's home to inform Tessa about the situation. Then he asks her plainly "Can I have sex with you?" A shocked Tessa is then brutally attacked and raped. When Cyril finds out what happened, he becomes violent and wants to kill Hegde. Tessa calms him down saying that she does not want to make the incident worse than it is, and instead just wants to get to Canada at the earliest. Once Tessa recovers from her injuries, Hegde visits her again to ask for forgiveness. He comes while Cyril is not around and ends up raping her for a second time. Tessa decides not to travel abroad and plans to murder Hegde.

Cyril discusses the situation with his boss who suggests killing Tessa and appoints Cyril to do it. Cyril traps her by putting some drugs in her bag. The police arrest Tessa and she is imprisoned. While Tessa calls out for help, she finds Cyril simply walking away from her, which is when she realises Cyril set her up. Cyril later relocates to Cochin and runs a modeling agency.

While in prison Tessa meets Zubeida (Rashmi Sathish) who is sentenced for murder. Through Zubeida's criminal world connections Tessa realizes that Cyril, a pimp, was cheating her along with the support of his boss Hegde. Zubeida and Tessa bond well with each other and Zubeida gives her the strength and courage needed for striking back at Cyril and Hegde.

When the court sets her free, Tessa with the help of DK (Sathaar) kills Hegde by poisoning him with a cobra. Next, she arrives in Cochin in search of Cyril while pretending to be a model. Later one night they meet in his studio but Cyril recognizes her and becomes angry. He beats her and verbally abuses her not because he knows she has a plan of revenge but thinks that she became a slut who does any 'adjustment' to flourish her career. But his frustration dissolves as he wants to enjoy her company. He reminds her she is a mere woman.

But at night Tessa sedates him and penectomises him. When he regains consciousness she tells him that she has removed his male organ through a medical surgery. While Cyril finds himself in intense pain and bound to his bed, she taunts him so much to make him realize his faults and the gross wrongs he committed on her. But he doesn't yield and doesn't admit his life as a pimp is a fault. Then another twist happens when Tessa reveals Cyril that her appearance as a model is a disguise and she knows that she is still somewhere in his heart. She reminds him that she has only lost someone who cheated on her, whereas he lost someone who genuinely loved him. Now Cyril is stunned that he is not even able to face Tessa with whom he can argue if she is a model. Cyril recollects that her love was true and his love was overshadowed by his male supremacy concept and greed for wealth. He understands and admits his mistakes. Then Tessa leaves him but not before inviting him to settle the score with her, if any remains there. Cyril corrects his concept of her as she is the woman and accepts her challenge and tells her that he will confront her when he is ready, knowing that he has to settle the score with her in terms of true love.

Tessa leaves for Canada and dismantles her cell phone and cuts further contact with DK.

Cast[edit]

Music[edit]

22 Female Kottayam
Soundtrack album by Rex Vijayan
Genre Film soundtrack
Language Malayalam
Label Manorama Music
Producer Rex Vijayan
Rex Vijayan chronology
Chaappa Kurishu
(2011)
22 Female Kottayam English
(2013)

The score and background music is composed by Bijibal and Rex Vijayan.[5]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Chillaane"   Job Kurian,Neha Nair  
2. "Melle Kollum"   Tony,Neha Nair  
3. "Neeyo"   Bijibal,Neha Nair  

Production[edit]

Ashik says that the concept of the film was there in his mind since many years. "This concept was there in my mind when I was working on my maiden venture, Daddy Cool. It stayed in my mind and I wanted to take it up at some point. I got the confidence to go ahead with the subject after the success of Salt N' Pepper. This one is not the usual kind of storyline that will appeal to all producers. There is a certain amount of risk in it."[6] After the success of Salt N' Pepper, Ashik announced his next film Idukki Gold, but during the pre-production itself, Abu decided to put the project on hold and started the works of 22 Female Kottayam.[7] The film was scripted by debutant writer Abhilash Kumar (who is the husband of actress Lena Abhilash) along with Shyam Pushkaran of Salt N' Pepper fame. Kumar had worked with Ashik in Daddy Cool and Salt 'N Pepper as an assistant director. Kumar says the film is loosely based on real-life stories about girls who move out of Kerala to Hyderabad, Orissa and Bangalore in search of nursing jobs to eventually go abroad.[8]

22FK started production in December 2011 and was mostly filmed from Bangalore.[7] Shyju Khalid wielded the camera for the film. He says that the film, which was shot on a multi-camera, was a big challenge for him. "It is a thriller-cum-romance movie. In the first half, there is romance and suddenly a rape scene, so I had to add a lot of grays to give that effect. And, the climax was the most challenging part, as it’s very dramatic and I had to add the proper effect to retain the mood. Here, the subject was a little dark so I could experiment, but in normal movies you can’t do much of an experiment. Also, you have to keep in mind the taste of Malayalis," says Khalid.[9]

Inspirations[edit]

This movie is inspired from the novel "If Tomorrow Comes" by Sidney Sheldon.

  1. The jail scenes (including the character of her cell-mate)
  2. The planned killings of all those people who cheated her
  3. Revenge of her lover in the climax

The basic idea of the film is based on the films, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Sriram Raghavan’s Ek Hasina Thi, Double Jeopardy, Mahesh Bhatt's Gumrah, Australian miniseries Bangkok Hilton and N. Sankaran Nair’s Cabaret Dancer (credited as filmography).[10] The castration and interrogation scenes were inspired from the films Antichrist, Hard Candy and Hostel: Part II.[11]

The film was also reportedly inspired from the 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave, which was remade in 2010.

Critical reception[edit]

22 Female Kottayam received positive critical response upon its release.

The Times of India rated the film 3 out of 5 stars, concluding that "The film has a theme as old as the Kannaki myth but comes nowhere near in terms of inspiration."[12] One India commented that "22 Female Kottayam is like a fresh whiff of breeze" and concluded the review by adding, "Cheers for director Ashik for experimenting with such a novel and path breaking plot".[13] Rediff also rated the film 3 out of 5 star praising the direction of Ashik by saying "Ashik adds a distinct style to his direction with 22 Female Kottayam."[14] Sify rated the film as good and said that "22 Female Kottayam may be far from perfect, but it is a movie in the right direction. Such efforts should be well appreciated, as it is a step that leads to better cinema."[15] NowRunning rated the film 3/5 and said "Big hugs, Mr. Abu for gifting us with this fighter female, 22 years old, from Kottayam. And an extra big hug for not parading her as a virgin."[16] Metro Matinee rated film as "Excellent" and said "Ashik's 22FK is a refreshing theme with superb execution".[17]

Awards[edit]

Asiavision Movie Awards (2012)[18]
  • Best Actress - Rima Kallingal
  • Performer of the Year - Fahadh Faasil
Filmfare Awards South (2013)[19]
Mohan Raghavan Awards (2012)[20]
  • Best Director - Ashik
South Indian International Movie Awards (2013)

Remakes[edit]

The film was remade into Tamil and Telugu simultaneously as Malini 22 Palayamkottai and Malini 22 Vijayawada, with Nithya Menen and Krish J. Sathaar playing the lead roles.

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