Immanuel (film)

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Directed by Lal Jose
Written byA.C. Vijeesh
Produced by S. George
Starring Mammooty
Fahadh Faasil
Reenu Mathews
Salim Kumar
Guinness Pakru
Cinematography Pradeep Nair
Edited by Ranjan Abraham
Music by Afzal Yusuf
Cyn-Cyl Celluloid
Distributed byPlay House & Tricolor Entertainment
Release date
  • 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05)
Budget₹3 crore
Box office₹11 crore

Immanuel, also publicized as Emmanuel, [1] [2] is a 2013 Malayalam comedy-drama film, directed by Lal Jose and produced by S. George. [1] The film stars Mammootty in the title role with Fahadh Faasil and Reenu Mathews. Lal Jose has stated that it is a "soft film sans hullabaloo" and "essentially tells the story of Immanuel's intrinsic goodness even in the face of adversity." [3]



The film follows the character of Immanuel who works in a book publishing firm owned by Joseph. When the company is closed down due to unexpected reasons, Immanuel and his family find it difficult to make both ends meet. [4] He then gets a job in a private insurance company which is managed by Jeevan Raj. The movie gives an unvarnished portrayal of the ruthless ways in which private insurance companies work, with scant regard for humanity. Immanuel is cheated by his colleague, Venkatesh, who grabs his customer and takes the credit. Non-performers are forced to leave the organization without prior notice. The clients are repeatedly denied their claims on flimsy grounds while the company makes a profit. The film portrays the battle between the ruthless company and Immanuel who tries to set things right for the customers.



The casting for Immanuel began in mid-2012, [5] with both John Abraham and Balachandra Menon rumored to be taking part in the film. [6] Jose denied rumors that Abraham would be acting in the film and Menon also denied that he would perform due to conflicting schedules with his personal life. [6] [7] Actor Mammootty was confirmed as the lead actor, with Fahadh Faasil also performing in the film. [8] Faasil was initially said to be performing a "negative role" in Immanuel, which Jose later stated untrue and that Faasil would be portraying a company executive. [2] In early January 2013, Jose announced that he had cast, a newcomer, Reenu Mathews, as Mammootty's wife in the film. [9]

The filming began in Kochi in January 2013. [3]


The film was released on 5 April 2013.

Critical reception

Smitha of OneIndia gave the movie 4/5 stars and stated, "Immanuel is a touching, heartwarming and poignant tale of human values, endurance and goodness in people" and that the movie "is worth watching this weekend and seems to have all ingredients that might make it a superhit." [10]

Aswin J Kumar of The Times of India gave the movie 3/5 stars, and said that "Immanuel is the latest embodiment among the newly-developed breed of characters who absorb all pain, rage and agony with an enduring smile," but stated that "the problem with Immanuel is that whatever he (Immanuel) does in the film looks more divine than human." [11]

Now rated Immanuel above average. Veeyen said that "'Emmanuel' is a film that talks of the trying times that we live in. It's a delicate film with modest intentions, but which nevertheless remains a miniature gem with a distinct shine. He also praised the performance of mammooty. 'Mammootty is incredibly good as Emmanuel' Veeyen wrote." [12]

Box office

The film was a commercial success. [13] [14] [15] The film ran for 125 days in theatres. [16]


The film's soundtrack contains four songs composed by Afsal Yusuf, and the lyrics by Rafeeq Ahamed and N. M. Shyam.

1"Ennodu Koode" Jayaram Ranjith Divya S. Menon
2"Maanathudichathu" Najim Arshad, Saptaparna Chakraborty
3"Paathakal (D)" Reshma Menon, Carl Franais
4"Paathakal" Carl Franais, Ajeesh Ashokan

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