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Directed byRamesh Pisharody
Ramesh Pisharody
Written byRamesh Pisharody
Hari P. Nair
Music byDeepak Dev
CinematographyAlagappan N.
Edited byLijo Paul
Release date
27 September 2019

Ganagandharvan (transl. Celestial singer) is a 2019 Indian Malayalam comedy film directed by Ramesh Pisharody and written by Pisharody and Hari P. Nair.[1] Mammootty is playing a ‘ganamela’ singer named Kalasadhan Ullas.[2][3][4] Debutante Vanditha Manoharan play the female lead.[5]


Kalasadhan Ullas is a stage singer. Ganagandharvan is a nick name by which people call Ullas. The story revolves around this gentleman and his ups and downs in life. This is Ramesh Pisharody's second directorial debut with much anticipation from the audience.[6]



Ramesh Pisharody announced his second directorial venture was on 1 November 2018 by unveiling the title poster featuring Mammootty.[7] It was screened in theatres with Mohanlal-starrer Drama (2018).[8][9] According to Pisharody, "The film is about the life of a senior singer. The character is influenced by some singers I know. It's not a fully serious story. You can expect some humour as well."[10] Newcomer Vanditha was roped in to play one of the female lead.[11]

The principal photography of the film began at Kochi on 1 June 2019.[12] Mammootty has three getups, one of which has him with a long hair.[13] He completed shooting on 22 July 2019.[14][15]


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The music of the film is composed by Deepak Dev while lyrics are written by Rafeeq Ahmed and Santhosh Varma.


The film was released on 27 September 2019.[16][17]

Critical reception[edit]

The Times of India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 and wrote, "The strength of Ganagandharvan though is the acting and script. While Pisharody has resorted to straightforward, old school storytelling, he has done it with panache, proving that a good script does not need any gimmick to entertain the audience."[18] Manorama Online gave 3 out of 5 and wrote, "Director Ramesh Pisharody has successfully presented a small yet relevant subject without making the audience feel tedious or irksome. This movie is sure to cater to the interests of all kinds of audience.[19] Sify rated the film 3.5 out of 5, described the film "hit" and wrote "there is a fine idea here that is worth a story, but the way the script has been written and packaged makes this one a rather dull affair".[20]

The News Minute critic rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "Ganagandharvan tries too hard with badly written comedy. Except the occasional wisecrack or a reference to an old movie (the scene with Karaman Sudheer), the film is largely not amusing".[21] Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost rated 3.5 out of 5 and wrote "Pisharody's failure lies not only in his status-quoist, antagonistic ideology, but in his inability to tell a story well" and heavily criticized the anti-feministic writing.[22] Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express rated zero out of five stars and said the film "has a skeleton of a story to tell", "it is unclear why Mammootty would do such an in-your-face, one tone and biased film that neither understands men’s right activism or the plight of men that fall into the trap of some evil women".[23] SR Praveen of The Hindu wrote "The whole appearance, aesthetics and structure of the movie harks back to a time gone by in Malayalam cinema. In that sense, the movie is almost like the titular character Ganagandharvan, who has become irrelevant, but doesn’t know ".[24] .


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  17. ^ "നിങ്ങളിത് കാണുക…, ബുള്‍സൈ പൊട്ടാതെ കഴിക്കുന്ന മമ്മൂട്ടി; ഗാനഗന്ധര്‍വ്വന്‍ ടീസര്‍". Indian Express Malayalam (in Malayalam). 4 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
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