Film DVD cover
|Directed by||T. V. Chandran|
|Produced by||Prem Prakash
|Written by||T. V. Chandran|
|Music by||Isaac Thomas Kottukappilly
|Distributed by||Century Films|
Sankaranum Mohananum (Malayalam: ശങ്കരനും മോഹനനും, English: Sankaran and Mohanan) is a 2011 Malayalam fantasy/comedy/drama film written and directed by T. V. Chandran. It stars Jayasurya, Meera Nandan and Rima Kallingal in the lead roles. The film is about the strange incidents faced by Mohanakrishnan (Jayasurya) from the ghost of his dead brother Sankaran (also played by Jayasurya). It explores the realm of human relationships in a sensitive manner. While on one hand, it explores the bond between two brothers, on the other, it also highlights the bitter-sweet relationship of a couple. It is regarded as the first mainstream film of T. V. Chandran, who is known for his well-crafted art house films. Jayasurya also dons 20 different appearances in the film.
The film is a journey through the minds of Mohanakrishnan, a fashion photographer living in Kochi. He was earlier based in Mumbai, and is separated from his wife, Jyotsna Mathew, a model and an aspiring actor who lives in Mumbai with their child. His older brother Sankaran, is a school teacher in Malabar. Sankaran, in his early forties, gets married to a much younger woman named Rajalakshmi, but he dies of a snake bite the day after the wedding. The ghost of Shankaran haunts Mohanakrishnan from then on. Sankaran's undying love for his wife and also the lack of love in the life of his brother is the reason Sankaran haunts Mohanakrishnan. The ghost appears before Sankaran in various get-ups and what keeps Sankaran going is his eternal devotion toward his wife and brother. Certain strange happenings vex Rajalakshmi also, who seeks help from Sankaran. She doesn't know that the ghost of her husband is behind all these strange incidents.
- Jayasurya as Sankaran and Mohanakrishnan
- Meera Nandan as Rajalakshmi
- Rima Kallingal as Jyotsna Mathew
- Jagathy Sreekumar
- Suraj Venjaramood
- Manikandan Pattambi
- Sivaji Guruvayur
Photoshoot of the film was done by popular photographer Mahadevan Thampi at 23 February 2011, Then the Pooja function was held at the date of 26 February 2011 which the vilakku was lit by Mohanlal and Mammootty. Jayasurya would have 20 makeovers for Sankaranum Mohananum being directed by T V Chandran. Perhaps in the history of films, very few actors have had so many makeovers within a single film. Sankaranum Mohananum is being filmed under the banner of Prakash Movietone and Ragam Movies.
- T. V. Chandran says:
The story of my latest film explores Sankaran's undying love for his wife and also the lack of love in the life of his brother. There is an autobiographical element in the story as memories of my own brother, who died in Nigeria almost 30 years ago, still haunts me.
- Jayasurya says:
My character appears in almost 20 get-ups and it is quite exciting. Sankaran and Mohanakrishnan have two different frames of mind and it is a challenge for an actor to get into the shoes of both the characters almost at the same time.
- Meera Nandan says:
I play a village girl, who marries a man almost 20 years older than her, but her life takes an altogether turn soon after.
The film met with negative reviews from critics. Veeyen of Nowrunning.com rated the film and said: "The crossover of the director to commercial cinema, if at all it has been attempted, is a total disaster. As much as it remains a fantasy, there is absolutely nothing in the film that would confront your intellect, and there is plenty that would question your intelligence." Sify.com concluded its review saying, "Sankaranum Mohananum turns out to be a major disappointment from a noted director like T V Chandran. The film tests your patience in a big way and ends up as a colossal bore, no less. Sad!" Paresh C Palicha of Rediff.com commented that the film is a "funny ghost story gone wrong" and gave a rating of .
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- Sankaranum Mohananum at Oneindia.in
- Sankaranum Mohananum at Nowrunning.com
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