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Directed by Ramesh Pisharody
Written by Ramesh Pisharody
Hari P. Nair
Produced by
Soumya Ramesh Pisharody
Anto Joseph
Starring Mammootty
Vanditha Manoharan
Manoj K Jayan
Cinematography Alagappan N.
Edited by Lijo Paul
Music by Deepak Dev
Release date
  • 27 September 2019 (2019-09-27)
Country India
Language Malayalam

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] Vanditha Manoharan plays the female lead. [5] [6] The film received mixed responses.



Kalasadhan Ullas (Mammootty) is a ganamela singer who has worked for the popular ganamela troupe Kalasadhan for the past 26 years. His family consists of his wife Mini (Vanditha Manoharan) and daughter Sowmya. However, Ullas's life takes a different turn after a girl named Sandra (Athulya) enters his life for a nefarious purpose. How he handles the following incidents forms the crux of the story.



Ramesh Pisharody announced his second directorial venture 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 brought in to play one of the female leads. [11]

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


Soundtrack album by
Genre Film soundtrack

The music of the film is composed by Deepak Dev while lyrics are written by Rafeeq Ahmed and Santhosh Varma. [16]

TrackSong TitleSinger (s)
01Aalum KolumKS Harishankar, Jeenu Nazeer
02Kalayude KeliShyam Prasad
03Undh UndhZia Ul Haq
04VeedhiyilUnni Menon


The film was released on 27 September 2019. [17] [18]

Box office

In the UAE, it grossed $125,902 in the opening weekend and $172,068 in three weeks. [19] It grossed $18,710 (₹13.32 lakh) in the US in three weeks. [20] The film ended as a financial succuss, with a worldwide gross of ₹18.5 crore of which the final global theatrical share is estimated to be ₹9.75 crore with recovery more than 20 percent. [21]


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." [22] 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. [23] Sify rated the film 2 out of 5, described the film "average" 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". [24]

The News Minute critic rated 1.5 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". [25] Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost rated 0.25 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. [26] 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". [27] 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 ". [28]

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