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Review of Malayalam movie, Mr and Ms Rowdy: A waste of time and money
It is hard to believe that the man who made a movie like Drishyam could make a dud like Mr and Ms Rowdy. A flimsy story, over-the-top performances, non-existent character arcs, the film is a disaster from beginning to end.

The biggest tragedy is the waste of talent, especially Aparna Balamurali's. The actress has put on weight too. The plot dwells on the travails of a bunch of small time goondas aspiring to make it to the big league. Into their lives enters a young girl (Aparna) who is forced by circumstances to live with Appu (Kalidas Jayaram), the gang leader. There is a very unconvincing back story about how Appu and his friends become goondas. Kalias is not equipped for such roles and it's hardly surprising that nobody takes the gang seriously.

Aparna, who shone in a small role in Maheshinte Pratikaram, overdoes the histrionics. The first half of the movie mostly shows the goondas chasing various people. Vijay Babu appears in a forgettable role and so does Joy Mathews. This movie is no feather in the cap for Kalidas who also came a cropper with the documentary-like Poomaram which only had a good song to speak for it. It fills one with dismay that even good directors like Jeethu Joseph can make such mediocre movies.

It is even more shocking that this utterly hopeless movie was rated 3.5 stars in the Times of India! One is forced to contemplate if this is a result of genuinely bad reviewing or if it was a paid review. Either way, the reviewer has misled a whole lot of people like this writer who wasted money and a few precious hours watching this atrocious movie in a theatre.

Thankfully, all is not lost in Mollywood. There are also movies like Kumbalangi Nights, which tell a story that is all too real, peopled by characters we can recognize and empathize with, and which leave us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that accompanies time well spent in an immersive experience that enriches our understanding of life and love.  

Once upon a time, Malayalam movies enjoyed a cachet in India and abroad for their Avant-garde themes and story-telling techniques. Not any longer. Today, that role is being played by Tamil movies, quite a sad turn of events for a culturally rich state which has no dearth of stories yearning for a wider audience and a life on the big screen.

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