Spirit Malayalam Movie Review


Spirit Malayalam Movie Review

Producer- Antony Perumbavoor

Director- Ranjith

Cast- Mohanlal, Kaniha, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Madhu, Nandu, Kalpana, Thilakan etc.

Music- Shahbaz Aman

Review By : Unni R Nair/ Kerala9.com

Am I confused? Yes indeed. How I wish I needn’t do a review or give a verdict. It’s not an easy job. I wish people stop asking opinions; just see films, like them or dislike them and go back home carrying the memories, good or bad…

Ranjith’s latest film ‘Spirit’ is a film that I wouldn’t like to review or give a verdict about. I’d prefer to see it, think about it, re-visit it if needed and not give out opinions or verdicts. If you ask me whether I liked the movie or not, my answer would be in the affirmative. If you ask me whether the film was really that good, captivating and worth it, I would be a bit confused.

‘Spirit’, I’d say is a good film. It no doubt is a good film. From a critic’s point of view, there may be flaws. It may seem less cinematic compared to Ranjith’s other films; there could be an opinion that he could have given some more time for the script to evolve into a better one; you’d say that Ranjith, in ‘Spirit’, becomes more of a preacher/reformer than a director; you may say that there is too much of boozing and hence a lag; you’d say that given Ranjith’s talent and versatility, the story and the film could have been better handled…you could find out many such flaws or minuses. But for me, I’d prefer to dwell on the pluses because the issue that the film seeks to address is real relevant and it’s a film that should be promoted, in many respects.

‘Spirit’ tells the story of Raghunandan (Mohanlal), who had been working in a bank abroad earlier and who has been donning many roles- that of a journalist, that of a television anchor and that of a writer. He is divorced from his wife Meera (Kaniha), who is now happily married to Alexy (Shankar Ramakrishnan). Raghu has a son, who lives with Meera and Alexy and Raghu has Meera and Alexy as his close friends. Raghu also hosts a very popular television chat show ‘Show the Spirit’ and just blasts whoever comes before him, with his power of argument and the evidences that he always manage to get through extensive research. But the other side of it all is that he is terribly addicted to booze and can’t live without it. He just gobbles bottle after bottle of the most expensive of brands. As Meera openly says, Raghu is a bad father while Alexy proves a good father to Raghu’s son; he is also inconsiderate at times, though he is an efficient guy. Anyway, things are not destined to go on like that; there has to be a change. That change starts taking place in Raghu’s life and then on, he starts observing Maniyan (Nandu), a plumber whom he is forced to follow.

Well, that’s what forms the plot. The film gains relevance as it discusses, in as realistic a manner as possible and at the same time remaining within the structure of popular cinema, a menace that has gripped the Kerala society in recent times. There are instances where you may feel that you are not watching a Ranjith film, but do we need to be so prejudiced? I feel that this is a well-intentioned film and hence we got to watch it. And given that it’s a subject that may not seem appealing, it demands great skill packaging it in a way that it appeals to all. Ranjith has done it excellently well. Thanks Ranjith for making this film.


Mohanlal comes off with a clean performance; he is good as Raghunandan. Nandu simply excels as Maniyan, this character would do great to his career. Shankar Ramakrishnan, director-turned-actor makes an impressive acting debut while Kaniha too is good. Thilakan doesn’t have much to do, but he is good. Tiny Tom impresses. Lena seems to be going great these days, she does a good job as Supriya Raghavan IPS while Siddharth and Kalpana too do justice to their roles.

Technical aspects

As usual, Ranjith has come up with a film that has some good technicians teaming up. The film is well-made, thanks to the support by the technical team.


Music by Shahbaz Aman is good; the songs have an appeal, but don’t expect something like “Ee puzhayum…”.


The way Ranjith has woven the whole thing around the issue that he wanted to discuss is what wins our appreciation. He deserves to be appreciated for brilliant characterisation as well.


Good work. I won’t endeavour to compare ‘Spirit’ with the recent other films of Ranjith, I would want to rate it separate and so I’d say, well done, Ranjith.

Verdict:  Well-intentioned, good work. Must watch!!

Rating: 3/5


  1. I have recently watched this movie, a great work by Renjith and Team. Hatts off.
    Songs are excellent touching..The message of the film is crystal clear to the people those who want to understand and copy in life.

  2. Hi Unni,

    In your review whatever you told was not justifying the rating you have given to this movie. Its just 3 out of 5 you’ve given. That is just a first class..not even distinction. I was expecting you to give 4 out of 5 while reading your review. Once, completed reading your review and seen the rating I felt I was cheated. If you decided to give only 3 for this movie, then why would exaggerate these much about this movie.

    I humbly request you to logically relate your review comments and the ratings henceforth. Also, I would like to know whether you have given 5 out of 5 for any movies.

  3. I read once a famous man saying”all were to be me then this world would have been a better place”I felt bad about that philosephy.But after watching it i felt that all directers were to be Mr.Ranjith then malayalam filims would be b the best in the world

  4. Tis film reveals a fact that Mr.Ranjith is a prophet.God really loved people in kerala and wants to tell the somthing an HE uses RAnjith to convey it.ITS GOD’s worning to people.

  5. I liked it very much, I never expect anything from that movie but it has given a lot… tnx to the Spirit team n keep going…..

  6. the people who love ds movie including me….we r in the right path…..nalla cinemakale angeekarikkaanum oru manasuvenam…allathe thottathinum pidichathinum okke mammottiyudeyum mohanlalineyum okke theri vilich…ranjithinte kazhivine question cheytha pala saamoohya viddikalum oru kariyam ariyuka……we keralites r psychos …vimmarshikkaan vendi maathram jeevikkunnavar…padam kollaamengil kaanuka…kollulengil kaanaathirikkuva….allathe veruthe thammil thalathe suhruthukkale…..LETS PROMOTE GOOD MOVIES…..This movie had a message….and hatz off to the team…especially renjith mohanlal and nandu…..

  7. Ranjith as a director has come a long way! In the recent times, Pranchiyettan, Palerimanikkyam, Indian Rupee were really good.

    However, at some point in his life he will sit back and sulk for having taken real crappy movies like Ravanaprabhu, Rock n Roll, Chandrolsavam etc with ‘Pazhutha’ Lalettan and Black, Prajapathi etc with ‘Stiff’ Mammookka. Though I am not a fan of Rajappan, in my opinion he does his best when he takes simple stories with Prithviraj.

  8. Adhyam ranjith enna maha directorum mohanlalenna maha nadanum vallamadi nirthatte, ennitt pore upadesam

  9. രഞ്ജിത്-മോഹന്‍ലാല്‍ കൂടുകെട്ടിന്ടെ സൂപര്‍ സിനിമ…
    കലാം പറയേണ്ട കഥ

  10. The one named : shaji…commented that renjith and mammoty had only made hyped films…n lalettan n renjith never succeded…blooody hell…understand i can give the ever commercial hit of malayalam : ‘Ravanaprabhu’, and script of aaram thampuraan , devasuram , narasimham..all had created commercial record in malayallam film industry. And nw…Spirit….There are some …… who are to just criticize Lal film….

  11. …of course from mohanlal side ..no doubt…superb!! but story line weakens all the characters except lal and nandu…a normal film with a good message…ranjith should have spent little more time with this story….thanks

  12. It’s nice movie to watch, when compared with previous Renjith movies this is not up to the mark, when we compare the present curse which malayalies are going through this is a good thought. good message,throughout movie is bit lagging.. definitely not like parnchiyettan, indian rupee etc…

  13. film is ok….not bad at all…more over..i can say its only a documentary with a good message…this is not what we expected from a brilliant director like ranjith…story line..the way story told should have been better..why this much hurry???????what role other characters do in this film?except mohan lal and nandu??looks like all these people are filled for story line…see thilakan …see venjaramood..see lena…example….after leaving alcohol..mohan lal comes and hugs his old wife {she has got his new husband]..both of them enjoy that moment…it should not have happened in this film.[if mohanlal dreams about her that he hugs her…this would have been the best scene of this film]..if ranjith had spent a little more time for this story…the film should have been better than this…its not a great film …its only a a one third of ranjith…thanks …..

  14. @Shaji ezz:
    Lalettane kurich parayan thaan ayittilla..Who told u that ranjith’s black, kaiyoppu are hit movies.???A movie will be a superhit movie not only bcoz of the actors, but many other things are also included in it. First try to understand the theme of the movie ‘Spirit’, then start criticizing the movie.
    One more thing, people like you are the real curse of Kerala, u people cant understand what does a good movie mean.

  15. Lalappa iniyenkilum dayavu cheythu tnankal abhinayam nirthuka karanam kshamaykku oru athirundu thankalude aavanazhiyile abhinayamenna ambu theernnu ini nirthuka pinne ranjith sir adheham kazhivu theliyicha oru director aanu pakshe aa padamonnum lalappantethu alla eg:nandanam…black….kaiyoppu…pranchiyettan…palerimanikyam…etc….but oalappanum ranjithum onnichappozho…..chandrolsavam..rock n roll…now spirit… Moonnum nalla ugran thara pls iniyum prekshakare viddikalakkathe lalappa ee pani onnu nirthoooooo sasneham nalla cinema ishtappedunna oru prekshakan

  16. its an avarage movie because not better than ranjith previous movies (indian rupee&pranjeyettan) first half is nice we can see the old mohanlal in few scence but second half destroyed everything second half not a movie its like a documentry the movie is not end perfectly

  17. It no doubt is a thought provoking brilliantly featured flick by Renjith.
    It can be called kinda contemporary as it’s got d social relevance as we kerala bags d no 1 position in alcohol consumption nationally.
    And Renjith has justified with that theme so magnificently and shows noone other in Malayalam film directors could do it rather better.
    In fact,mohanlal and other actors did great job and can be rated as one of their best performances for couple of years.
    But still there is a flaw in “spirit “,in my point of view,dat even d film had been successful in conveying a social message, say mohanlal’s character stopped taking alcohol,in the end of d movie,he accepts a glass of peg like a social courtesy diminishes d beauty of d film,provided climax scene would have changed slightly…

  18. It is only an average film. I agree it has a great message to the society. But the audiense expected much more from Renjith..

  19. My first response to the film when it finished was Awsome, i liked it very much it have a message in it , i dont think the director with this film is going to make a total changeover in the society, instead he shows us exactly what happens in the society due to the celebrated alcoholism..

  20. My first response to the film when it finished was Awsome, i liked it very much it have a message in it , i dont think the director with this film is going to make a total changeover in the society, instead he shows us exactly what happens in the society due to the celebrated alcoholosm..

  21. spirit is one of the best movie.Which is better than pranchiyettan and indian rupee.mohanlal makes another awesome performance..also direction was superb.

  22. ITS an another miracle from great director and a great actor….its one of the best movie in lalettan’s carrier….thanks ranjith for this movie..

  23. Good work 4m both of dem….lalettan nd renjith…..diferent story…..good climax……..

  24. The crowd comes out of the cinemas in good cheer. The film has got a message, they say and they head straight to the bar !!!

  25. must watch movie…brilliant direction and screenplay from Ranjith….Great movie with a great message…

  26. Spirit, it conveys a lot from the title. it gives a BIG outlook how keralites, especially the lower class family is affected by alcoholism. Now about the movie, it 100% succeeded in conveying the idea about the subject.
    No one can say that Mohanlal wasted the role in it. look at the way he handled the life of an addicted person. He did it beautifully. It never got bored for me. Then, had Renjith added any scene that thrills Mohanlal as an actor, film would have been worse.
    Renjith showed his true talent by showing his simple but powerful script. Though it captures not much outside world (mostly Bar) it has a value in it.
    Thank You for film


    mohan lal ne poloru nadane vach ranjith enna mahanaya film maker oru film cheyyumbol enne ploru preshakan orupadu pratheeshikkum but kure vellamadi allathe mattonnum aa filmil illa .lalettanu prathyekich cheyyan onnumillatha oru kathapathramanu raghunandhan. enthina mr ranjith ithra speed .scipting nu kurekoodi samayameduthu koode . thilakanenna mahanadanu perinoru roll. shankar ramakrishnanu pakaram mattarenkilum ayikoodayirunno ? aake oru swasam muttalanu adhehathe kanumbol.
    pinne mattoru karyam parayathirikan vayya. divorce cheytha bharyayum bharthavum thammil enthu sneham . nammude keralathilulla bharya bharthakkanmar thammil polum ithra sneham kanilla. ranjith sir , ithu keralamanu . atho new generation cinemayilek kadakanulla sramamano athil sabhyathaku sthanamillalo.

    nandhu enna nadante perfomance ! athyujalamaya perfomance annu .pinne eduth parayendathu lena yude perfomance super!

  28. very bad movie bcoc lyk your abv narration the narration in d movie ws not needed. MLal cud hv said it in d beginning abt the after effects of alcohol etc. the only location in d movie is bar tht ws totally boring

  29. This is a big disappointment from Renjit. The brilliant story teller of Indian Rupee is out of spirit. 2/5

  30. Spirit is a movie which has it’s heart on correct position and brilliant performance from actors made it a must watch. My rating is 4/5 and a thumps up for the movie. Well done Rengith

  31. Movie good in parts. Thilakan shines very well. Ranjith might have got inspiration from “the Lost Weekend”- 1945 film but did not show a solution for the problem.

  32. watched the movie yesterday, liked it very much, different from other movies of Ranjith, will be a super-hit for sure

  33. Superb work once again by Renjith…. And top class acting by Mohanlal…. Wt makes the theme special is dt unlike odr message conveying films , d msg conveyed here is applicable 2 almost all d viewers…. Malayalis reeli needed dis….

    reeli , second half was d film… many thngs in 1st half ws totly unnecessary…

    Renjith reeli showd us how an alcoholic views/enjooys the world n hw a non-alcoholic does it… he showd wt all beautiful things, feelings , emotions an alcoholic is deprivd of in dis world ,Hw beautiful d wrld appears for sum1 who is finaly free frm d spirit(alcohol)… Hw d spirit(alcohol) finaly controls d spirit inside a person n finally destroys him… he xposd dat d sole reason 4 all immoral/antisocial acts is d spirit n dat an aggressive alcoholic is a coward attkking his weak family members…
    the incredibl mental strength of reghunandan(mohanlalal) provd dat addiction can b resisted by mere will powr… d scene wre reghu gets freedom from the spirit will surely motivate any1 who is tryin but nt able 2 resist addiction(not jst alcohol)….
    Bt… parts of 1st half maks any film lovr fear dat Renjith has returnd 2 d “rock n roll” ways….. many fans aftr d intrvel wr in a party mood…. D 1st hlf almst encoragd alcoholism… dre wre many things wich cud ve been avoided….. bt sch things cum wen reality is depictd as such…. Bt many a times d dilogs crosd d line of being too real….

    Totally a very gud film …. Must wtch 4 alcoholics(keralites)…

  34. SPIRIT- 3.5 / 5
    സിനിമയില്‍ സന്ദേശം ഉള്ളത് എന്തുകൊണ്ടും നല്ലതാണ് ,പക്ഷെ അത് ഉപദേശ രൂപേണ ആവുമ്പോള്‍ കഥ ,കഥാപാത്രങ്ങള്‍ ,പ്രേക്ഷകനുമായി സംവദിക്കാനുള്ള കഴിവ് എന്നിവ ,അനായാസേന കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യാവുന്ന ഒന്നാണെന്ന് തോന്നുന്നില്ല .സിനിമയ്ക്ക് കുറ്റമായി പറയതക്കതോന്നും ഇല്ലതന്നെ തന്‍റെ സിനിമ ഇന്നത്തെ സമൂഹത്തെ ഉദ്ബോധിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ ,അല്ലെങ്കില്‍ ഒരു വിപത്തിനെ രണ്ടു കയ്യും നീട്ടി സ്വീകരിച്ചു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്ന മലയാളിയെ തിരുത്താന്‍ പാകംവണ്ണം പ്രാപ്തിയുണ്ടാവണം എന്ന്
    ഒരു സംവിധായകന്‍ കരുതുന്നത് അത്യന്തം പ്രശംസനീയമാണ്താനും …

    ‘SPIRIT’ലെ ഏതു സ്പിരിറ്റിനെ തിരിച്ചു വീട്ടിലേക്കു കൊണ്ട് പോവണം എന്നുള്ളത് സിനിമയുടെ ആദ്യന്ത്യം പ്രേക്ഷകന് സംശയമില്ലാതതാണ് .അങ്ങനെ നോക്കുമ്പോള്‍ ഇവിടെ സംവിധായകനും കൂട്ടാളികള്‍ക്കുമുള്ള ദൌത്യം അത് ഏറ്റവും ഫലവത്തായ രീതിയില്‍ പ്രേക്ഷകരില്‍ എത്തിക്കുക
    എന്നുള്ളതാണ്.ആ സാഹചര്യത്തില്‍ നമുക്ക് ചുറ്റുമുള്ള ആളുകളിലേക്ക്‌ ഒന്ന് കണ്ണോടിക്കുക എന്നതിലപ്പുറം
    ‘മദ്യം’ എന്ന വിപത്തിനെക്കുറിച്ച് ഒരു അവബോധം മലയാളി സമൂഹത്തിലുണ്ടാക്കിയെടുക്കുക എന്ന ശ്രമകരമായ ജോലി ‘സ്പിരിറ്റ്‌’ പാതിവഴിയിലെവിടെയോ ഉപേക്ഷിച്ചു പോവുകയാണ്.നാളെ നല്ല സിനിമകള്‍ എന്ന ചര്‍ച്ചയില്‍ ‘SPIRIT’ന്‍റെ സകല ഗുണഗണങ്ങളും പറഞ്ഞ ശേഷം അടുത്ത ‘peg’ നു ഓര്‍ഡര്‍
    നല്‍കുക എന്ന സ്ഥിരം ലൈനില്‍ ഒതുങ്ങിപ്പോവുന്ന ഒന്നായി ഇതും ..’രഞ്ജിത്ത്’ എന്ന സംവിധായകനില്‍ നിന്നും ഒരു പ്രേക്ഷക എന്ന നിലയില്‍ എന്‍റെ അമിത പ്രതീക്ഷയാവാം ഇങ്ങനൊരു വിലയിരുത്തല്‍ നടത്താന്‍ എന്നെ പ്രേരിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് .കഥാപാത്രങ്ങള്‍,അവതരണം,ഉദ്ദേശശുദ്ധി ഇവയിലൊന്നും സംശയമില്ലെങ്കിലും ,
    കഥാനായകന്‍ മലയാളി സമൂഹത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ വില്ലനും ,കഥ പറയുന്നത് മലയാളത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും കഴിവുള്ള സംവിധായകരില്‍ ഒരാളും ആവുമ്പോള്‍..,ആ സിനിമയ്ക്ക്‌ സംവിധായകന്‍റെ കയ്യൊപ്പ് അനിവാര്യമാണ് ……വേറെ ഒരാളെക്കൊണ്ടും ഇത്രയും നന്നായി ഈ കഥ പറയാന്‍ പറ്റില്ലെന്ന് ഉദ്ഘോഷിക്കും വിധം.അങ്ങനൊന്ന് സ്പിരിറ്റില്‍ ഇലാതെ പോയി എന്ന് ഞാന്‍ വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നു.

    മോഹന്‍ലാല്‍ എന്ന നടന്‍റെ ‘caliber’വച്ച് നോക്കുമ്പോള്‍ ‘രഘുനന്ദന്‍’ എന്ന കഥാപാത്രം ഭംഗിയാക്കുക എന്നത് അത്യന്തം അനായാസമെന്നു പറയാവുന്ന ഒന്ന് തന്നെയാണ്.മോഹന്‍ലാലിനെ ഇങ്ങനെ കാണുന്നതില്‍ മലയാളികള്‍ തീര്‍ച്ചയായും അതീവ സന്തുഷ്ടരാണ്. സ്ക്രീനില്‍ മിന്നി മറയുന്ന കഥാപാത്രങ്ങള്‍
    ഓരോന്നും അതതു റോള്‍ ഭംഗിയായി ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നു. റഫിക് അഹെമെദ് ന്‍റെ വരികളും ഷബാസ് അമന്‍ ന്‍റെ ഈണവും കേട്ടുകൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്തോറും ഇമ്പമേറുന്നതാണ് .

    ഉപദേശം അശേഷം ഇഷ്ടമല്ലാത്ത മലയാളിക്ക്, തന്നെ ഒന്ന് ഗുണദോഷിക്കാന്‍ Ranjith&Crew വിനെ രണ്ടു കയ്യും നീട്ടി സ്വീകരിക്കാം എന്ന് തോന്നുന്നുവെങ്കില്‍ തീര്‍ച്ചയും ‘SPIRIT’ കാണണം …അല്ലെങ്കിലും കാണണം,കാരണം നാളെ നിങ്ങളുടെ മദ്യക്കുപ്പികളുടെ മുന്നില്‍ ചര്‍ച്ചയ്ക്കുള്ള ഒരു ‘topic’ ആവനെങ്കിലും ഗുണം ചെയ്യും’SPIRIT’ ന്‍റെ സ്പിരിറ്റ്‌ .

  35. Its a must watch-promoted movie. Like other films of Ranjith you cannot say its that great; but its good movie. And there is a message for people who lag their life through boozing..)


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