Punyalan Private Limited review: Joy Thakkolkaran is inspiring

Writer-Director Ranjith Sankar has written in comedy that’ll definitely crack you up with a liberal dose of satirical gags and sarcastic dialogues, writes Deepa Antony.

Sequel of any much-loved movie franchise is a gamble. If the sequel turns out well, it certainly is twice the pleasure. But otherwise it just ends up being a huge damper, something everyone rushes to forget. We’ve been lucky to have a good number of successful movie franchises in Malayalam like the Sethuramaiyer series and the Dasan and Vijayan series, and some very forgettable and regrettable sequels too! Will Joy Thakkolkaran, from the 2013 hit Punyalan Agarbatthis, repeat his success the second time around? Let’s find out at the outset of a series of announced sequels this season.

Punyalan Private Limited written and directed by Ranjith Sankar takes on after a time leap on where Punyalan Agarbattis left off. Here Joy Thakkolkaran, who Jayasurya repeatedly and easily makes impressible, is failing in his business venture. But, in classic Joy Thakkokaran style, the man is unassailably and compulsively positive in his approach towards success. The way the story takes on from this point is heavily reminiscent of Varavelppu, a Mohanlal-Sathyan Anthikad classic, and Mithunam, a Mohanlal-Priyadarshan classic, where the protagonists get entangled in the brutalities of bureaucracy and the intricacies of red-tapism.

The all-men main cast has only 3 women playing minor supporting characters of no major consequence. Nyla Usha who was the leading lady the last time appears only in pictures, all thanks to her character being killed off in this narrative. Slightly better than being killed off is being present, but confined in the mobile screen. Greenu, played by Aju Varghese appears only in video calls, but does so all throughout the cinema. It is a huge relief that this is perhaps the first film in Malayalam that Guiness Pakru isn’t made to look or feel comical owing to his height. He plays a Jayasurya plays Joy Thakkolkaran to perfection. He displays his emotions with a subtle dexterity we are familiar of through him. Once again this goes to show how bankable Jayasurya is as an actor.

The background score reminds us of Punyalan Agarbatthis, which isn’t a feat at all. Even while running the risk of sounding condescending for comparing the sequel with the original, the songs here were uninspiring compared to Ashichavan from the 2013 release Punyalan Agarbatthis. Nevertheless, Bijibal and Anand Madhusoodanan don’t disappoint.

This film, like the previous in the franchise, is replete with the love for Thrisshur, the cultural capital of the state. However, Ranjith Sankar, the writer and director of Punyalan Private Limited, takes on an aggressive activist’s role in his narrative. He makes the movie an opportunity to make a social comment on everything ranging from Adhaar, demonetization, women’s safety, social media, healthcare sector, education sector, so on and so forth! In that rush to turn into activism the narrative does lack focus. However, Ranjith Sankar has written in comedy that’ll definitely crack you up with a liberal dose of satirical gags and sarcastic dialogues! It also helps that a bunch of talented actors with brilliant comic timing, like Jayasurya, Sreejith Ravi and Dharmajan Bolgatty, know what they are doing. 

reviewed byDeepa Antony

21 Nov 2017 | 03:26 PM

  • directed by
  • Ranjith Sankar
  • Starring
  • Jayasurya
  • Dharmajan
  • Vijayaraghavan
  • Sreejith Ravi