Puthan Panam is the Mammootty starring Malayalam drama, which is written and directed by Ranjith. Newcomer Master Swaraj Gramika essays a key role in the movie. Puthan Panam is produced by Ranjith, Abraham Mathew, and Arun Narayanan, for 3 Color Cinema.
Puthan Panam Story
Nithyananda Shenoy, a middle-aged businessman who hails from Kumbala, Kasargode, comes to Kochi with a hidden motive. But after a series of incidents, he meets a young boy named Muthuvel, who changes his life upside down. Puthan Panam narrates how the demonetization affects people of the various classes of the society.
Cast & Crew
Mammootty as Nithyananda Shenoy
Mammootty who plays Nithyananda Shenoy, steals the show with his extraordinary performance and excellent command over the Kasargode dialect. The actor amazes with his exceptional screen presence in the first half, but has nothing much to do in the second half.
Script & Direction: Ranjith
Ranjith, the writer-director has managed to begin the film on a promising note. The movie has maintained a good pace throughout the first half, with some light comical moments and an engaging narration. But things take a different turn in the strictly average second half, in which story travels towards a totally different direction.
The climax portion also ends up as an average affair. It is disappointing that Ranjith couldn't make use of his lead actor Mammootty and the promising storyline to the fullest, as the writer-director deviates to needless subplots in the second half.
Master Swaraj Gramika as Muthuvel
Newcomer Master Swaraj Gramika, who appears as Muthuvel, has played his part to near perfection. He makes a great, confident debut, and is undoubtedly here to stay.
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Om Prakash, the popular South Indian cinematographer also makes a decent Malayalam debut with Puthan Panam. The visualisation of Kochi city is a treat to watch. A special mention to the not-so-familiar colour tones used the in the movie.
The Supporting Cast
The rest of the star cast, including Siddique, Mammukoya, Saikumar, Indrans, Renji Panicker, P Balachandran, Sureshkrishna, Baiju, Abu Salim, Ganapathi, Sohan Seenulalm Biju Pappan, Ineya, Sheelu Abraham, Niranjana Anoop, etc., have done complete justice to their respective roles.
Kottayam Nazeer and Aanandam fame Vishak Nair, who makes cameo appearances, are also good in their respective roles.
Songs: Shaan Rahman
Shaan Rahman, the young musician impresses with the title song of the film. But the second song, which comes in the second half of the movie, fails to make a mark.
Background Score: Achu Rajamani
Achu Rajamani's background score creates a perfect mood for the movie, which has both the class and mass elements in store. Achu, who is the son of late musician Rajamani, surely has a great future in the field.
Other Technical Aspects
The editing of the movie is not up to the mark, as the movie falls into slow pace at certain points, and has several irrelevant sequences. Sameera Saneesh, the costume designer has done a fabulous job, as each and every character, especially Mammootty's Nithyananda Shenoy, totally look their part.
If you are expecting a signature classic film from the Mammootty-Ranjith duo, Puthan Panam will disappoint you. It is a one-time watch flick, which might impress you if watched without any prejudices.