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pranayam review

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  • Directed by : Blessy
  • Produced by: P. K. Sajeev, Anne Sajeev
  • Written by: Blessy
  • Starring : Mohanlal, Jaya Prada, Anupam Kher, Anoop Menon
  • Music by : M. Jayachandran
  • Cinematography: Satheesh Kurup
  • Editing by: Raja Muhammed
  • Studio:  Fragnent Nature Film Creations
  • Released on : 31 August 2011
  • Show time : 150 minutes
  • Country : India
  • Language : Malayalam

Review of Malayalam Movie Pranayam:

Pranayam, a possible inspiration from Australian film, Innocence, portraying love between Achutha Menon, Mathews and Gracy at their old age. The film offers a new sensation as it handles the traces of love at old age.


Director Blessy has become a big failure in developing this thread to a memorable movie. Including many Flash Back scenes became yet another mood irritating  sequence as he did in his  previous movies such as, Bhramaram. Blessy must understand that, flashback scenes are not always necessary to establish the story. I would have avoided all the flash back scenes of Achutha Menon, from the movie itself. Remember, how the flash back scenes irritated the mood of the movie in Bhramaram and Thanmathra.

Next biggest failure of the movie is the immature casting. Achutha Menon is not perfectly presented by Anupam Kher. Anupam Kher is a great artist from North India. I analyze his acting as an expressive one and can never be fit to a role that requires minute acting. Nedumudi Venu or Balachandra Menon could be the right choice for that character.

Another blunder from Blessy : As I have mentioned before, the film “Innocence” focuses on the sensational side of love. Blessy tried the same with appealing scenes from Jayaprada. A bath scene, erotic moments between Mathews and Gracey had totally destroyed the heart touching mood of the movie. Viewers may not be interested to see erotic scenes by those who are in old age. A touch, a sweet kiss, mild hug can express all the feelings in the relations.

After beginning from Achutha Menon, director is in a big confusion to focus on Gracey and Mathews or on Achutha Menon. Concentrating on Gracey would have given a more better outcome. Gracey’s war to the situations was not effectively displayed. A  weak scripting resulted in this disaster.

Blessy, did a great job in creating beautiful songs. The songs and background score helped him to explode the feel of the movie to the viewers. Editing, done in a normal level, but appreciable. Cinematography is excellent, as in old Malayalam Movie “ Chemmeen”. Sea also became an important character in this movie, all credits goes to Cinematographer.

Acting by Mohanlal, Jayaprada, and Anoop Menon is slightly above average level. Mohanlal lost his minute acting due to the unwanted makeup that he carried in most scenes. A shaved head or a “fried” look after an operation,  would have been more better for him.

As the movie proceeds, viewers comes to a conclusion that any of the three character will die at the end of the movie. This feel gets rooted when Gracey gets a loving attitude from her son.

As viewers expected, the movie ends in a cemetery scene. The place of this movie is certainly above many other Indian movies released recently. Unfortunately, something missing somewhere…


  1. The worst review i read!its nonsense!Pranayam is a classic one with Amazina acting skills by al ta crews.U rated asa jst abv avg.wat a sham!

  2. Dear swaroop..we will let kris know about your opinion..

  3. Hai Mr swaroop, i just cant understand the point that all the crew did well in acting. Unfortunately, Anupam Kher was a big failure. The camera angles, that Blessy framed for him, saved his acting. You will understand this, when u can feel that there is less direct deep closeup shots of Mr Anupam Kher. Another point is that the makeup of Mr Mohanlal..Don't you feel its a bit more than required which finally reduced the power of his acting. He acts like something is fixed on his face and inside mouth. Jayaprada did quite well, but the director focuses her so late... Anoop Menon is in right proportion. Then, regarding the position of this film..its not a classic one..but its a failed attempt to become a classic one