Review of the film Rendagam: A gangster drama full of twists that leaves us wanting more

The film we get seems to be part of a larger story, with a sequelprequel in mind . The writing, too, is not strong enough and is content to engage us in a superficial way .

Synopsis of Rendagam: A man undertakes a befriending of a gangster who has lost his memories in order to find out about a lost gold shipment.Will he carry on the quest, or will he awaken the gangster in Rendagam's prologue scene in 2020, when we see a man being struck a deadly knife in the middle of a battle.The location is a drive-in theater, and filmmaker Fellini TP makes it a point to remind us that the film being shown is The Good The Bad and the Ugly, indicating what sort of world it will lead us into.The story then moves to the future, where we meet Kichu (Jayasurya, okayish), a man who is in need of money to settle down in Sweden with his girlfriend Kalyani (Eesha Rebba), who is in need of money to pay his well-wisher Sreedharan (Aadukalam Naren).

We're told David was the man we had met in the prologue, and the team that gave Kichu the call wants to know where a gold shipment went missing.Will Kichu help the gangster re-live his childhood?How will David, who now lives in a theatre office, react?For a tense action drama, this plot contains enough suspense and twists that leave us wanting more.

However, it's unclear if this was intentional or something that the makers came up with midway.This approach makes the film into a murky one, with the viewer being expected to fill in the large narrative gaps.The writing, too, isn't strong enough and is content to engage us in a superficial way.His mission, for example, progresses quickly.

The latter buys in to his tale and is able to travel with him.We never get how Kichu gets so close to David that he wishes for the gangster to escape from whoever follows him.The line readings are similar to those of a dubbed movie, but the story's ticking-time-bomb style provides some suspense.Arulraj Kennedy, AH Kaashif, and Kailas Menon's music complements it.

The twists towards the end also work well.The flashy filming, in particular, helps in elevating the narrative, putting us in touch with the story so we are able to remain focused.However, the nagging thought that this should have been a much better action thriller persists.