Rani Padmini is Aashiq Abu’s reply to those who usually state that, Adventure-drama sub-genre is less explored here in our Malayalam film industry. It is also a tight slap to those who still criticize him for making ‘Gangster’ (2014).
Rani (Rima Kallingal) is a tomboyish spoiled brat, who is on the run from a thug. Padmini (Manju Warrier) is a typical reserved woman who travels to Manali to meet her husband Giri (Jinu Joseph), to change his mind. Fate brings these ladies together, and there begins a beautiful friendship and journey. Rest of the cast includes – Shoubin Shahin, Binu Pappu (late renowned actor Pappu’s son), Dileesh Pothen, Sreenath Bhasi, Sajitha Madathil and many other talented artists.
Shyam Pushkaran and Ravi Shankar penned the screenplay of Rani Padmini. Saiju Sreedharan’s editing and National Award winner Bijipal’s musical compositions have also helped the narration. P. M. Harris, Muhammed Althaf, Mohammed Kassim and P. V. Sasi funded the project, under the banner of Fort Entertainment.
Veteran cinematographer Madhu Neelakandan cranked the camera for Aashiq, and portrayed the scenic beauty in and around God’s own country and Himalayas, poetically. Statutory Warning : The rich visuals of Rani Padmini will give you this intense desire to travel and trek. You might even book tickets to Himalachal Pradhesh soon after watching the movie.
The society or the super-ego might not give much options and provisions to women. Rani Padmini paints a strong message that, during dire situations, women can be strong and stand on their own.
PS: To all those who mistook the trailer, Rani Padmini is not a blunt lift of Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise (1991).