Ganagandharvan Malayalam Movie Review
Veteran ganamela singer Kalasadan Ullas cherishes the ultimate dream of singing in movies. Equally, he desperately wants to look after his family in a better way. Like his friends in the troupe, he also longs for getting stage abroad. 'Ganagandharvan', the second directorial of Ramesh Pisharody, follows the aspiration and dreams of the protagonist, who is straightforward and innocent. Pisharody meticulously downplays the aura behind actor Mammootty to present him as a simple common man with problems in life. A deserving sympathy is successfully drawn from viewers for Ullas despite the film offers a familiar and typical family drama.
An unassuming man, Ullas lives happily with his wife Mini (Vanditha Manoharan) and teenage daughter. Even after 26 years as a professional singer in stage shows, he finds it difficult to make both ends meet. In his troupe, he sings Tamil and Hindi songs since Shyama Prasad (Suresh Krishna) being the main singer. Ullas is get introduced to a rich girl, Sandra, played by Athulya, by travel agent Aby (Mukesh). As Ullas dreams of going to the US for stage shows, he listens to the plans of Sandra and Athulya. But it turns the family man's life upside down.
You will see Mammootty in a reticent and compassionate avatar and the actor executes it with elan. There are hardly any unrealistic interventions from the part of the actor to foster the character. Mammootty shows immense justice to the role underlining the real challenge being faced by Ullas. Athulya's appearance perfectly gels with Sandra's mischievous acts lends the right dose of conflict to the plot.
Written by Ramesh Pisharody and Hari. P. Nair, the plot revolves around the family court and related laws in the second half. There is nothing new to convey from the writers and they overcome the shortcomings with a twist in the tale. Every character, including minuscule ones, is played by major actors albeit their presence is irrelevant as a whole. Some scenes that are meant for humor aspects really get misfired, and somehow the intensity of conflict is subsided as a result. The director lacks consistency in holding the gravity of the whole action due to the inane handling of some scenes.
Alagappan's cinematography is charming as usual while Deepak Dev's songs are mediocre. 'Ganagandharvan' occupies a conventional and familiar platform yet it offers reasonable satisfying rewards.
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