She Taxi Malayalam Movie Review
No idea why Saji Surendran decided to name his new flick 'She Taxi', especially when neither the taxi nor its woman driver has anything to do in particular, in the film. For that matter, there is none in it, including its male protagonist, who has the potential to make a difference in the dismal quality that is on show.
Devayani (Kavya Madhavan) is a cab driver who agrees to take three women documentary makers on to a Tibetan village somewhere along the Kerala - Karnataka border. Enroute they come across Jo (Anoop Menon), Salman (Suraj Venjarammoodu) and Umbidi (Noby), who have embarked along with their teacher (Tini Tom) on a journey to make some quick money.
Essentially, the film talks of a painting that is worth 300 crores of Indian rupees that has gone missing, and which Jo & Co., hope to find out. Apparently, they have borrowed quite some money from the money lender Nambiar brothers (Prem Kumar and Mukundan), who have in turn set a bunch of goons after them.
There is a love tale that is interwoven into the midst of the missing painting mystery that involves Devayani and Jo. There are a few misunderstanding s that take some time to be cleared and eventually, love triumphs. It's another matter altogether that this thread does not in the least impress, and even with the scenic Shimla locales and the snow flinging, love does not seem to be in the air.
There are some truly unbelievable scenes as well that make you wonder how they actually found a place in the script. The bank heist that Jo and his friends attempt is one such, when you stare at the screen in astonishment, trying hard to conjecture what the intention behind the scene must have been.
To add to the cacophony, there is a police officer (Ganesh Kumar) who sports a Singham moustache and who specializes in capturing selfies. Pluck him away from the plot, just as you could pluck those three documentary makers away, and you wouldn't even sense that they were there in the first place.
Saji Surendran has struck an all time low with 'She Taxi', and even the usual gags that are found in abundance in his films have gone missing this time. This is one taxi ride that has little laughter, less enthusiasm and even lesser interesting a tale! He lets lose his characters in the climax, where they run into each other and bump each other's heads off, until almost everyone is knocked out in the process.
Kavya Madhavan looks exquisite but sadly out of place in the role of a cab driver, while Anoop Menon proves yet again that comedy isn't his forte as yet. Suraj Venjarammoodu, Tini Tom and Noby try their best to bring in some sparkle here and there, but often their attempts are relegated to crude slapstick antics that leave a lot to be desired.
It takes a whole lot of courage and even more nerve to cook up a visual product that lasts for one hundred and fifty minutes out of a story that you wouldn't want to be caught listening to, even dead. 'She Taxi' this isn't; 'Boo Taxi' this is.