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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Praanjiyettan & The Saint

Medium : Malayalam
Starring : Mammootty, Innocent, Sidhiq, Jagathi, Khusboo, Priyamani, Master Ganapathy
Director : Ranjith

Music : Ouseppachan


In an years gap, after the super hit performance (on acting and direction sides) in 'Paleri Manikyam', Mammootty and Ranjith o
nce again teamed up for a movie named 'Praanjiyettan & The Saint'. In the beginning years of his career, Ranjith wrote comedy flicks like 'Peruvannapurathe Viseshangal', 'Georgekutty c/o Georgekutty, 'Nanma Niranjavan Sreenivasan etc and he is the trend setter creator of 'Devasuram' also, he will go to the extreme low level by making movies like 'Rock n Roll' and 'Chandrolsavam'. It is a sad thing that though his movies like 'Paleri Manikyam', 'Thirakkadha', 'Kerala Cafe' and 'Kaiyoppu' were excellent and different attempts, they didn't do well at the box office, Ranjith is still known as the creator of action hits like 'Narasimham' and 'Raavana Prabhu'.

The title itself shows that his new project will also be a differe
nt attempt from the experienced writer. Cinematographer Venu and music director Ouseppachan came to the Ranjith's camp for the first time through this movie. Another specialty is that the mega star is appearing in a business man's role and that too in a Thrissur slang. Priyamani (after 'Thirakkadha') and Khusboo (after 'Kaiyoppu') once again comes in notable roles under the guidance of the same director. The movie is produced by Ranjith and distributed by Mammootty under the banner Play House.

If you want to watch the movie, please don't go through the next paragraph...

Francis alias Praanjiyettan (Mammootty)
is a rich business man based in Thrissur. His companions (Innocent, Raamu, Tiny Tom, Idavela Babu) are ready to do anything for him. Francis was having an inferiority complex when others calls him as Praanji. Though he started jewelery business, still Praanjiyettan is known as the old rice merchant. Even after having lot of money, Praanji has been suffering from the disadvantage of not having proper education. In the club elections, he failed against his old friend (Sidhiq). Being an open minded personality, Praanji was always willing to help any one who comes on his way. Praanji came across Padmasree (Priyamani), an interior designer and helped her to solve some personal problems. He liked her, but he was unable to express his love. At one stage, Praanji adopted a student to give him proper education, which later lead to some incidents in his life.

Though I have mentioned the story line, it won't travels in the way as you expected. Thus the main attraction of 'Praanjiyettan & The Saint' is the style in which the story is told. Ranjith needs special claps for doing that part successfully. The movie presented in a humorous way has got some messages also. This is yet another brilliant and unique performance by Mammootty. The actor who reproduced maximum variety of slangs and modulations through movies like '1921', 'Sooryamaanasam', 'Vidheyan', 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragaadha', 'Kottayam Kunnachan', 'Mrigaya', 'Daany', 'Raajamaanikyam' etc; once again thrills you with his new appearance in 'Praanjiyettan & The Saint'. It is time for the actor to establish the Thrissur talking style like the way he did the capital city's slang.

All the artists did well in their roles. The new face who comes in the Saint's role and director Ranjith (his name was not shown in the credits), who gave voice to him did an excellent job. Jagathi, who is seen consecutively in the third Ramzan release, did the teacher's role in his style. Master Ganapathy ('Vinodayathra' fame) has also got a lengthy role to do. Some of the Thrissur natives like T.G.Ravi, Sreejith Ravi, Jayaraj Warrier, Idavela Babu etc also got a chance to perform. Drama artists like Sasi Kalinga, Sivaji Guruvayur etc also performed well. Priyamani and Khusboo also did well. Vimmy Mariam George who dubbed in Trichur slang should be noted here. Venu's camera work is excellent. Vijay Shankar is the editor. Ouseppachan's bg score goes well with the story, the picturisation of 'kinnavile janaalakal...' song is good.

Director Ranjith's extra boldness and his faith on the malayalee viewers were revealed at the time itself he did a different climax for 'Nandanam'. In 'Praanjiyettan & The Saint', he took a step ahead and established the fact that any creativity would be accepted if it is told in a believable way.


In the 30th year of his career, with around 350+ movies experience, Mammootty proved that he can still show wonders. 'Praanjiyettan & The Saint' is a different humorous attempt by Ranjith, don't miss it...



Rating : 9 / 10

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey, i liked the movie, but does it really worth a 9/10, because even though it is different approach, it was more like a documentary, and as a whole , the second half was lagging..., and there is no story line in the movie.. i might be wrong , so please do reply.. and let us know , what made u give this a 9/10- V

prasanth said...

the reason for supporting the movie is given in detail in the review part. no creator will show the guts to travel through such a way to tell this story (a mix of fantasy and real part), it is enough for me to support this satirical presentation. the word documentary never matches for an entertainer like this and there is no rule that a movie medium should hold a story in a particular format. even i gave high rating, i know very well that nothing big is going to happen here. i am aware of the outcome of movies (on the commercial side) like 'paleri manikyam', 'thirakkadha', 'kerala cafe', 'danny', 'pakal nakshatrangal', 'kaiyoppu' etc than anyone else. let us hope this movie would do a better business...
rgds
prasanth

Anonymous said...

I don't think u are a good reviewer fells more like a mammootty fan...

Anonymous said...

one of the worst movie.

Anonymous said...

It is a boring one.

Anonymous said...

1st half good, 2nd half waste.

Anonymous said...

This is a good movie,directed with a different approach. But I dont think that this film deserve a rating of 9.. maximum 6-7. PKV

Anonymous said...

Different movie, but 2nd half was lagging.Mammootty is excellent. Innocent, Saint, Ganapathy also good.7/10

Anonymous said...

Average movie. Mammootty & Innocent done a good job. A lot of weak points in script & direction. Good subject. But 7/10 only

Anonymous said...

Different story, but bad script. Mammootty, Innocent, Sidhiq & Saint was good.
6.5/10

Nikhil said...

Ranjith enna maha vekthiye thozhunnuu...........
Kalakkan sadanam tou gediyeeeeee...

Anonymous said...

thanx 4 d reply, but made me write this was,
i was expecting you to review this from the side of
a normal movie going personal, or what we call the "saadharana janam". u had made clear in the description part of your blog, that this is not a
profesional approach, so expecting a review like that..
anyway its our responsibility to support different approaches like this....

what made me turn off was, i used to watch movie, first looking the rating you gave, then after watching the movie i read the review, so when i got to see a
9/10 , i expected a blockbuster commercial superhit..
something like a rajamanikyam !!

My mistake !-- V

chandy said...
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chandy said...

Praanji is not a big project like what you tried to hype in your review. It's just an average movie. Mammootty's Trichur slang is not good as what we saw him in rendering TVM slang in Rajamaanikyam.
When compared to Shikar with the astonishing performance of Mohnalal and the Xcellent camera work, praanji is nothing and you have given comparitively bad reveiw and rating for Shikar. I have noticed this attittude from you all the time, when ever Mam/Mohanlal's films get released at the same time.
No doubt. It's obvious. You are an hardcore Mammootty fan and you are not giving the review sincereley for M&M movies.

manu said...

a good attempt by Ranjith..but it doesn't worth 9/10.. your judgments are weak.. how can you say no director will show such courage to make a film like this? haven't you seen enough great movies? Pranjiyettan is a mediocre film..an ok film lets say.. its so obvious Ranjith ran out of ideas in the second half..it has taken out the flow n it was boring at times too.. but i'm happy that Ranjith came out with a story of a pranchiyettan with some human complexes rather than a jobless egoistic proud 'thampuran'!!

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