Verdict: Ganagandharvan starring Mammootty is an enjoyable flick.
Ganagandharvan directed by actor and comedian Ramesh Pisharody features Mammootty in the lead role, supported by an ensemble cast including Manoj K Jayan, Suresh Krishna, Mukesh, Mohan Jose, Maniyan Pilla Raju, Siddique, Johnny Antony and debutants Vanditha Manoharan and Athulya Chandra. The film narrates the story of a ganamela singer Kalasadhan Ullas and the unexpected events that happen in his life.
What’s Ganagandharvan About:
Ganagandharvan revolves around Kalasadhan Ullas (Mammootty), a prominent singer in a ganamela troupe, which is run by Jacob (Mohan Jose). He is a simple man who once dreamt of making it big in playback singing, but fate had other plans for him. So he has accepted things as it is and is struggling to make ends meet. His wife Mini (Vanditha Manoharan) is his pillar of support. Parallelly, a girl named Sandra (Athulya Chandra) and her father are trapped in a case over a land dispute and Sandra wants to leave the country as soon as possible. She approaches Ullas for help. What makes her turn to Ullas, how their lives intertwine and the effect that has on Ullas’ life becomes the crux of the story.
Mammootty, as usual, gives an outstanding performance as a struggler. He touches our heart with his emotions. All the supporting actors give shape to the movie and give good performances, especially Manoj K Jayan and Suresh Krishna who are vital. Writers Ramesh Pisharody and Hari P Nair have made sure that the movie has a humorous background, no matter how serious it gets. It’s an overall entertainer and can be thoroughly enjoyed.
What Could Have Been Better:
Though the movie has so many talented actors, be it Siddique, Innocent or Salim Kumar, they have very small roles and hardly any room to perform. Some characters seem to be unnecessary. Though Athulya Chandra does a decent job, we expected a lot more from Vanditha Manoharan in her debut performance. The humor packs punch at places for the most part but is loose in places. The filmmakers have taken some cinematic liberties in courtroom scenes which may not be convincing enough.
Why You Should Watch the Movie:
Watch Ganagandharvan for its natural performances and an interesting plot. It is made well and is quite entertaining as well. This one is a sure shot winner among the family audience and the youth would enjoy it too.