Amidst the scam of the CWG & the impending Ayodhya verdict, the Mammotty starrer "Pranchiyettan & the saint" finally released in Bangalore..almost 2 weeks after its official release in Kerala. This was one of the most awaited movies of the year as it heralded the coming together of Mammotty-Ranjith duo after the much acclaimed "Palerimanikyam". So was it worth the wait??? U bet it was!!!! The plot basically involves the life of Chirammal Enashu Francis, a rich Thrissur businessman who is always insecure about his status owing to his lack of education & the nickname of "Aripranchi" which has stuck onto him since his childhood as his family was into the rice business. The story is narrated in flashback by Pranchiyettan to St.Francis of Assisi.. & it takes us through a joyful ride as to what all Pranchiyettan does to shake off his nickname & inferiority complex...be it competing for the Presidentship in a club or trying to attain Padmashri award with money etc etc.The life of Pranchi takes a turn with the arrival of Padmashree & a 10th std student Pauli....& that segment shud be gauged by watching the film.
Coming to the performance department, Mammotty just sweeps you of off the floor with his histrionics skills essaying the protagonist with such naturality & humour without resorting to slapstick comedy that you instantly develop a liking for the character. Mammootty has already proven that he is a class apart when it comes to mastering dialects..& here too his Thrissur accent has been spot on.As for the supporting cast, Innocent as Vasu Menon delivers one of his best performances in recent times & gets us into splits. Priyamani (as Padmashree) & Khushboo (as Omana) his childhood love as also delivered a decent performance..not to forget Master Ganapathy (as Pauli). A special mention definitely goes to Ranjith also who has rendered his voice to the character of St.Francis essayed by Jesse Fox Allen, which is definitely in tune with the mood of the movie.
Ranjith is always expected to deliver a creditable film & he doesnt fail to impress us with his latest venture. His dialogues are the lifeline for the movie & his unique way of presenting the movie augurs well for the future. There is however no denying the fact that the movie drags in the 2nd half especially the sequence involving Jagathy & Master Ganapathy...but that is a minor glitch in an otherwise entertaining movie.
Verdict: So coming to my opinion...its definitely the best Ramzan movie & one of the best of this year. Mammootty has yet again come up with a memorable performance & imparts such an innocence to the character that you will definitely love it. All in all...I would suggest you guys to definitely watch it!!!!