Immanuel (film)

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]

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Directed byLal Jose
Written byA.C. Vijeesh
Produced byS. George
Fahadh Faasil
Reenu Mathews
Salim Kumar
Guinness Pakru
CinematographyPradeep Nair
Edited byRanjan Abraham
Music byAfzal Yusuf
Cyn-Cyl Celluloid
Distributed byPlay House & Tricolor Entertainment
Release date
  • 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05)


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. Clients are repeatedly denied their claims on flimsy grounds while the company makes profit. The film portrays the battle between the ruthless company and Immanuel who tries to set things right for the customers.



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 confirmed as performing in the film.[8] Faasil was initially said to be performing a "negative role" in Immanuel, which Jose later stated was 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]

Filming began in Kochi in January 2013.[3]


The film was released on 5 April 2013.

Critical receptionEdit

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 officeEdit

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


The film's soundtrack contains 4 songs, all composed by Afsal Yusuf. Lyrics by Rafeeq Ahamed, N. M. Shyam.

# Title Singer(s)
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


  1. ^ a b "Lal- Mammootty pair up again !". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 March 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Fahadh not a villain in Lal Jose's 'Emmanuel'". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b "On Location: Immanuel - Money matters". The Hindu. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Emmanuel starts rolling". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Mammootty in Lal Jose's Emmanuel". Kerala Hanima. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Balachandra Menon says 'No' to Lal Jose's 'Immanuel'". Balcony Beats. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  7. ^ "It is just another rumour: Lal Jose". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Fahad to play negative role in Lal Jose's Immanuel". Metro Matinee. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Lal Jose introduces yet another actress". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  10. ^ Smitha (5 April 2013). "Immanuel Movie Review - Perfect to watch this weekend". OneIndia. Retrieved 8 April 2013.     
  11. ^ Aswin J Kumar (7 April 2013). "Immanuel Movie Review". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 April 2013.     
  12. ^ "Emmanuel Review".
  13. ^ "Malayalam cinema – First Half of 2013 Progress Report". Sify. 8 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Problem of plenty". The Economic Times. 19 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Lal Jose eyeing Bollywood with 'Diamond Necklace' remake". CNN-News18. 30 September 2013.
  16. ^ "9 Times When Mammootty's Character Name And Movie Title Were The Same". Pycker. 13 April 2019.

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