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Punyalan Agarbattis Movie Review: A Light-Hearted Family Entertainer

By: Ajin Krishna
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Ranjith Sankar's latest movie Punyalan Agarbattis starring Jayasurya in the lead role is a light-hearted family entertainer which tells the story of a businessman and his struggles to keep his business alive. The movie is set in the backdrop of the Cultural Capital of Kerala, Thrissur and mostly contains characters with Thrissur dialect.

Joy Thakkolkkaran (Jayasurya) is running a business firm named Punyalan Agarbathis which deals with the production of incense sticks from elephant dung. Joy is married to Anu (Nyla Usha) and Greenu Sharma (Aju Varghese) is his assistant in all his activities. Joy's firm faces problems from the newly in-charge Temple Devaswom board committee as they refuse to supply elephant dung to him. Joy seeks help from advocate Sai (Rachana Narayanankutty), who helps him to win the case against the Devaswom.


When everything was going fine, Joy jumps into another trouble when he had to collect elephant dung from temple on a harthal day sponsored by Revolutionary Independent Party. While returning back, he has to confront with harthal activists. The harthal supporters attack his firm, damage the vehicle and beat up Joy and others. Joy decides to fight against the party and files a case against them in the court. Will he succeed in the case or not? This forms the rest of the story.

Jayasurya scores through the role of Joy Thakkolkkaran. His mannerisms are lovable and he has executed the Thrissur slang to a near perfection. Aju Varghese as Greenu Sharma is also convincing in his role. Nyla Usha as Anu, does justice to her role, though she had nothing much to perform. Another pick among actors is Sreejith Ravi in the role of Abhayakumar, a driver who works for the firm. His expressions and dialogues adds humour to the movie. TG Ravi as Achuthan Master, is also good in his role of a Gandhian, who raises his voice against injustice.

Other Cast
Innocent (John Thakkolkaran), Rachana, Mala Aravindan (Ayyappan), Idavela Babu (KC Mathews), Vinod Kovoor (Pappan Kottapuram), Lishoy (Pauly), Irshad (Police Inspector), are also convincing in their roles.

Technical Aspects
Cinematography by Sujith Vasudev is commendable. He has framed the beauty of Thrissur in those rich visuals. Music by Bijibal is yet another hit. Three songs of the movie are well placed and are hummable. BGM of the movie suits well to the simplicity, the movie carries through.

Ranjith Sankar has given out a feel-good entertainer through Punyalan Agarbattis. There are several one-liners in the movie to make you laugh out loud. Though there are flaws in the script which can be pointed out here and there, you can easily neglect those as the movie entertains throughout.

On the whole, Punyalan Agarbattis is a light-hearted family entertainer which can be watched if you are not in a mood to dig out the flaws.

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