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Driving Licence (film)

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Driving Licence
Driving License Film Poster.jpg
GCC theatrical release poster
Directed byLal Jr.
Produced bySupriya Menon
Listin Stephen
Written bySachy
Music byYakzan Gary Pereira
Neha Nair
CinematographyAlex J. Pulickal
Edited byRatheesh Raj
Distributed byMagic Frames
Release date
  • 20 December 2019 (2019-12-20)
Running time
135 minutes
Budget₹50 million
Box office₹270 million

Driving Licence is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language action drama film directed by Lal Jr., written by Sachy and jointly produced by Supriya Menon and Listin Stephen.


Kuruvila Joseph, a Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) at Kakkanad RTO in Kochi, is a huge fan of Hareendran, a famous actor. During the shoot of his latest film, Hareendran and his crew come to know that the location they decided for shooting the climax is under the control of Navy and Hareendran must submit his driving license to get the clearance. But Hareendran's driving license is missing and he can't apply for a duplicate due to some complications at his old RTO. So he decides to take a new driving license from Kakkanad RTO with the help of Kuruvila. But due to circumstances, the fan and the superstar get entangled in a fight of their own.



The film was launched on 11 July 2019 and principal photography began in the following week.[1]


Driving License was released in India on 20 December 2019 and internationally .

Critical reception

Rating 4 in a scale of 5, The New Indian Express praised writer Sachy, stating that he "proves once again why he is one of the best screenwriters in Malayalam cinema at the moment. His writing carries the sort of colour and flavour last seen in the early Priyadarshan, Sreenivasan, and Siddique-Lal films" and that "the purpose of any good cinema is to not just entertain but also deliver a wholesome community experience, which is exactly what Driving Licence does", and also praised the actors performance.[2] Anna M. M. Vetticad from Firstpost rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "Prithviraj is terrific in a captivating drama on pride and pettiness, fandom and fury", and "each time you think you have cracked Driving Licence, it takes a surprising turn. This screenplay is one of the cleverest pieces of writing to emerge from Malayalam cinema in what is already a great year for Mollywood" and praised the direction, editing and actors' performance.[3]

Malayala Manorama rated 3.5 out of 5 and stated that "The plot, which gains incredible momentum from a small thread, is actually the hero of the movie. The screenwriter and the director have been able to present it amazingly without making the audience bored" and praised the acting of Prithviraj and Suraj.[4] Rating 3 out of 5 stars, Sify dubbed it "entertaining" and "a fine journey that keeps the viewer engaged all along", also adding: "with a tight script that has humour, emotions and drama, Sachy scores well. Lal Jr. packages the movie in an entertaining way. The visuals and the music are good" and praised Prithviraj for his "top notch performance" and Suraj for his "terrific form".[5]

The Indian Express rated 3 out of 5 and called it "an engaging watch" and that the "director Lal Jr and his writer Sachy have conceived a solid premise that makes this meta-film an engrossing watch".[6] Rating 3 out of 5, The Times of India wrote that the film "has all the necessary elements to keep you glued to it. Mostly, it is a kick-back-your-shoes-and-enjoy fun ride".[7] The News Minute also rated 3 out of 5 and wrote: "In an interesting plot that falters at places, especially in the characterisation of women, you catch present-day realities and the dangers of a star-fan relationship" and "Prithviraj and Suraj play the star-fan roles admirably well".[8]


  1. ^ "Prithviraj's Driving Licence launched". The New Indian Express. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  2. ^ Shrijith, Sajin (21 December 2019). "'Driving Licence' review: A delectable, wholesome meta entertainer". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ Vetticad, Anna M. M. (22 December 2019). "Driving Licence movie review: Prithviraj is terrific in a captivating drama on pride and pettiness, fandom and fury". Firstpost. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  4. ^ Ajith (21 December 2019). "Driving License movie review: An interesting ride from Prithvi-Suraj". Malayala Manorama. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  5. ^ Moviebuzz (21 December 2019). "Review : Driving Licence review: A fine journey that is engaging (2019)". Sify. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ R., Manoj Kumar (21 December 2019). "Driving Licence movie review: An engaging watch". The Indian Express. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  7. ^ Antony, Deepa (21 December 2019). "Driving License Movie Review: A hilarious no-brainer". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  8. ^ Cris (21 December 2019). "'Driving License' review: Prithviraj and Suraj play the star-fan roles admirably well". The News Minute. Retrieved 29 December 2019.

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