Ganagandharvan is a family entertainer
Even before its release, this Mammootty starrer had become a matter of discussion owing to two reasons – The first is the flick is Ramesh Pisharody’s second attempt at directing after 'Panchavarnathatha'.
The second is the evergreen Mammookka, who is a not a singer, becoming one on the silver-screen. It is the excitement over Mammootty ’s appearance of a singer that takes people to the theatres to watch 'Ganagandharvan'.
The movie tells the story of Kalasadan Ullas, a lead singer at Kalasadan Ganamela Troupe. The opening sequence shows police taking Ullas away during a stage performance. Flashbacks unravel the story that led to the incident.
'Ganagandharvan' is produced by Saumya Ramesh, Shankar Raj and Sreelakshmi under the banner of Ichais Productions and Ramesh Pisharody entertainments.
Tamil and Hindi fast numbers are the bread and butter of Ullas. Despite being an active stage performer for around 25 years, Ullas is bothered about never receiving a chance to be a playback singer in a movie.
With their limited financial resources, Ullas is leading a happy life with his wife and their son, a class eight student. It is during this time that a young woman - Sandra comes into Ullas’s life and everything changes.
Sandra and his father were involved in a land deal case. Sandra want to migrate to the US before the law takes away her land and it is for this reason she approaches Ullas. The singer, who has been to the US along with the ganamela troupe is trying to land a job there for himself. What happens in Ullas’s life afterwards is the thread of 'Ganagandharvan'.
Mammootty’s transformation as singer Ullas is the highlight of the move and the megastar does not disappoint. From start to finish, one can only see Ullas, who mesmerises the audience with his fast numbers and dance moves on the stage and not Mammootty in the movie.
Manoj K Jayan, Suresh Krishna, Mukesh, Hareesh Kanaran, Rafi and Maniyanpilla Raju do justice to their characters and provide good support to the movie. The three leading female actors, all debutants, have performed sensibly as well.
Script writers Ramesh Pisharody and Hari P. Nair have succeeded in providing unadulterated humour in the move besides a few surprising twists. 'Ganagandharvan' ticks all the right boxes of a family entertainer and is a good watch.