Film Review: Spirit (2012) | Malayalam | Ranjit-Mohanlal

Finally Spirit released in Bombay this weekend and we flocked to watch it at Maxus Cinemas. The movie and the theatre both a first time, as the usual theatres got filled quickly (much awaited movie). 8 of us trooped into the theatre, out of which a couple of them were looking out for the movie release eagerly, sent mails, scraps, messages to all and sundry to release it in Bby 😛 😛 The delayed release did cause a minor frustration that it was released a month or two later here, when others films, namely, Ustad Hotel came and went.

  • So Spirit… An out and out MohanlalRanjit movie.. I keep Lal’s name first as he is visually present on screen, the charm of the actor … Renjith, second as of course how can we forget the think head behind the tale.. Aha 🙂 😛
  • Do watch Spirit if you haven’t already… it is about the evil called addiction – could be any form… brings to us the problem of alcoholism, the difference between social drinking and addiction, when and where to stop and get treatment… I think..
  • Mohanlal the actor, the complete actor as they say in some websites… well the wink of an eye, the flick of a finger, the feel of his hand over a child’s hair… you feel it coming out of the screen to you, we imbibe as audience…
  • His unique receiver in this movie, I want to get a similar one 😛 , the cloth texture looks like that of a band dress, said a friend.
  • Another observation a friend made, – the no smoking, no drinking sign/words to the left bottom corner of the screen never seemed intruding or imposed, it was part of the movie as the story.
  • Siddharth Bharathan – mwaahs to that guy. Seems decades away from the college boy role of Nammal, the sukamano song… the maturity, the beard, the act of just caressing the beard… his craft
  • Alexy – felt the character too good.. and you know what, there was an Alexy among us inside the hall, that many of us pointed out to him while the show started after the interval 😛 😛 as he walked in with his popcorns and coffee
  • Meera – subtle movements, watch her body language when Raghu starts his fights to wreck the party

    Nandu as plumber Maniyam – he is such an under utilized actor!

  • Lena – I think for the first time dubbing for herself – well, she is also getting small meaty roles these days – her best scene, when she walked away from a preachy Raghu (Mohanlal) at a party at Casa Rosa, angry, but stood and smiled – that act 🙂
  • Furniture : The living room partition frame in Raghunadan’s house – those circles, so fully used framing so many artifacts in that house – especially a crane on a side table, framing Mohanlal’s face many a time…
  • I should be ashamed that I did not recognize O V Vijayan – but that portrait was a piece.
  • Siddharth Bharathan‘s act in white during the another song 
  • Costume : Mohanlal’s black shirt and dhoti at the party where he picks up a fight with Lena, his chocolate brown shirt and a dhoti again in a different scene
  • Madhu in atrocious flowery blue shirts! took some time to digest the appearance! reluctant still !!!
  • It could have been a little less talk from Mohanlal’s character Raghunandan – the arrogant narcissist … preachy at times!
  • Then what – popcorns – don’t order the caramel ones.  For the caramel popcorn – head to R City –  but the Samosa‘s were really tasty, so Maxus Cinemas  🙂
  • Suraj: Hats off to him for acting out a role without his typical funny ways and accent, what that is called reversal of audience expectation 🙂
  • Siddique – your voice over 🙂 loved it
  • And this look – Mohanlal look with the spec – awesome 🙂

Problems: There were some problems with continuity – especially the last part – the transformation was predictable. Things did not smoothly gel in the second half – The movie would have worked even without the transformation of the Manyan. The let down! free education at Choice! Aha! publicity stunt! too much. Good to see Vijay Menon in person. We have been hearing his voice for long long time.

And may be finally what the movie teaches you, where there is a will there is always a way… the problem is the will needs to be self motivated, self thought out, an outside force may influence, but it is all up to the individual 🙂

Cast: Mohanlal (Raghunandan/Raghu), Kaniha (Meera), Shankar Ramakrishnan (Alexy) (Alexy & Meera run Casa Rosa), Tiny Tom (Bartender John at Koshy’s Bar), Sidharth Bhadran (Sameer, a budding lyricist),Thilakan (Aashan), Madhu (A retired shippie, neighbour to Raghu), Lena Abhilash (ASP ASP Supriya Raghavan IPS), Kalpana (Pankajam, househelp, wife to Plumber Manyan), Nandu (Plumber Manyan)| Director: Renjith| Producer: Antony Perumbavoor|Banner: Aashirvad Cinemas| Lyrics: Rafiq Ahamed| Cinematography: Venu| Editing: Vijai Sankar |Art Direction: Santhosh Raman | Story/Writer: Ranjith |Costume: Sameera Saneesh

A big thanks to Ranjit for making the movie. Worth watching it for every aspect 🙂

Verdict: I did not like the movie much. It was interesting, but it lacked something. But Mohanlal on screen after long… watch it for the theme, and performances of Lal, Nandu, Siddharth and the frames …