Puthan Panam Review: Did Ranjith – Mammootty team delivered anything new this time?
The much awaited Renjith- Mammootty movie named Puthan Panam had hit the screens all over Kerala last day. It was written by Ranjith and he had co-produced it as well with Arun Narayanan and Abraham Mathew under the banner of 3 Color Cinemas. It is a newly formed production banner. The teasers of this movie which released a few days back had got tremendous reception from film lovers and it increased the anticipation level for this movie as well.
The plot of this flick revolves around the characters named Nithyananda Shenoy and Muthu. Mammootty playing the character named Nithyananda Shenoy and a child artist playing the character named Muthu. The film opens with a flashback sequences showing an incident happens in 2006 and later it starts to move forward showing the day on which our Prime Minister withdrew 1000 and 500 rupee notes from the economy. Nithyananda Shenoy had to come to Kochi from his native place Kumbalam, Kasaragod to deal with an issue that happened due to demonetization.
We have to say that Ranjith was no way near his best when it comes to the scripting of this movie. The only element which worked out in this movie was the Kasaragod dialect which was superbly presented by Mammootty. Other than that, there is nothing fresh and different in the screenplay. Making also seems lazy and the color tone used throughout was not very pleasing to the eyes as well. Why they used such Yellowish and Greenish color tones throughout is a question to be asked. The first half of this movies was an ok one which seemed as a buildup for a heavy and thrilling second half. But the second half spoiled the party and it ended up as a damped squib as well.
Ranjith tried to include some elements for fans in this flick, but it failed miserably. The action sequences were shot and choreographed poorly. The movie went on without any direction in the second half and characters just came and then gone without making any impact. The movie did not touch upon the issue of demonetization in a detailed manner. It was just ended up like clichéd masala entertainer, which was too low in quality when we consider the fact that it had come from a director like Ranjith.
Mammootty’s performance as Nithyananda Shenoy was superb and his use of dialect was just stunning. Along with him artists like Mammukkoya, Indrans, Harish Kanaran, Nirmal, Joy Mathew, P Balachandran, Anil Murali, Kottayam Nazeer, Siddique, Sai Kumar, Sheelu Abraham, Iniya etc also done well. The standout performer in this movie was Baiju who played the character Kunjappan. Ganapathy, Niranjana and the child artist who played the character named Muthu also done well in it.
Om Prakash’s visuals were just ok and music from Shan Rahman too was not up to the mark. Manoj Kannoth is the editor and he did a fine job, even though the movie lacked pace due to the scripting.
In total, Puthan Panam ended up as an ok movie, which can be watched if you are a diehard Mammootty fan, just to see how he presented that Kasaragod slang. Apart from that, there is nothing much in it.