Trance is a Malayalam film directed and produced by Anwar Rasheed and written by Vincent Vadakkan. It features Fahadh Faasil in the lead role, while Nazriya Nazim, Soubin Shahir, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose, Dileesh Pothan and Gautham Menon plays supporting roles. Amal Neerad was the cinematographer and newcomer Jackson Vijayan composed the film’s songs, background score was by Vijayan and Sushin Shyam. The plot follows the life events of a despondent Kanyakumari-based motivational speaker and atheist Viju Prasad, who is hired by a corporate body to work as a Christian pastor.
Trance Box Office Collection Report
|India Nett||1||3.90 Cr||3.90 Cr|
|Overseas||1||70 L||70 L|
|Worldwide||1||5.7 Cr||5.7 Cr|
Trance Cast and Crew Details
Trance Cast and Crew details
|Trance||Cast and Crew details ,News, Complete Details|
|Director of Trance||Anwar Rasheed|
|Release date of Trance||20 February 2020|
|Hero of Trance||Fahadh Faasil|
|Heroine of Trance||Nazriya Nazim|
|Production company||Anwar Rasheed Entertainments|
|Running time||155 minutes|
At a time when religion is the new drug, Anwar Rasheed’s Trance is sure to strike a chord with those blinded by faith, the freethinkers and sceptics. The film, after all, is about a fake pastor, who is just a front for the business operations of corporates to mint money using faith as the driving force. Viju Prasad (Fahadh), a down-on-his-luck motivational trainer runs from post to pillar to make his life work, amid also taking care of his younger brother. However, things take a dire turn and he is forced to move to Mumbai to get a new start. And at this despondent juncture, he gets an offer from two affluent men (Gautham Vasudev Menon and Chemban Vinod) to join them as a pastor of sorts. Their purpose is to mint money using faith as the front. After a crash course in theology, Viju takes on the identity of Pastor Joshua Carlton and his magnetic persona along with the orchestrated acts of miracles, fuels the curated brand image of a Messiah. But a stunt on live TV brings the entire operations under the scanner and the rest of the movie follows its impact on Joshua, his bosses and his followers.
Fahadh as a subdued Viju and the flamboyant Joshua is the maniacal energy that drives the film. He is charismatic as Joshua, and his character is a mirror image of some of the popular faith-healers around the world. Gautham Vasudev Menon, Dileesh Pothan as Joshua’s advisor Avarachan and Soubin Shahir as TV journalist Mathew are the other three chief characters who bring the needed heft to balance Fahadh’s performance. Nazriya’s role as Esther Lopez is unlike anything she has done before. As the weed-smoking, alcohol-swilling girl, it’s a clean breakaway from the bubbly, girl-next-door roles that she is usually associated with. Supporting acts from Chemban Vinod and Vinayakan keep the movie interesting.
Director Anwar gets the first half absolutely right in its pacing and content. However, the second half of the script, by Vincent Vadakkan, loses steam with the plot then almost reflecting Joshua’s mindset in those scenes. The makers seem to have chosen style over substance in the latter half. The angle between Esther and Joshua also seemed forcefit and drags out what is an almost three hour film. Vincent though gets points for highlighting the perils of hope that fake messiahs provide with an urban and stylish take on the relevant premise. Amal Neerad’s cinematography especially in the scenes in Kanyakumari and Mumbai breathes an extra whiff of fresh air. As usual, the frames are uber stylish and coupled with the BGM from Sushin Shyam and Jackson Vijayan, Trance makes for an eclectic watch.
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