Ladies and Gentleman

Ladies and Gentleman is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language family drama film written and directed by Siddique and jointly produced by Antony Perumbavoor and Roy C. J. under their production companies Aashirvad Cinemas and Confident Group. It stars Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine, Mamta Mohandas, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Krish. J. Sathaar, Padmapriya Janakiraman, and Mithra Kurian. The film features original songs composed by Ratheesh Vegha and background score by Deepak Dev. Ladies and Gentleman was released in India on 12 April 2013 as a festival release during the time of Vishu.

Ladies and Gentleman
Ladies and Gentleman.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySiddique
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Roy C. J.
Written bySiddique
StarringMohanlal
Meera Jasmine
Mamta Mohandas
Mithra Kurian
Padmapriya
Krish. J. Sathaar
Kalabhavan Shajohn
Music bySongs:
Ratheesh Vegha
Background score:
Deepak Dev
CinematographySatheesh Kurup
Edited byK. R. Gaurishanker
Production
companies
Aashirvad Cinemas
Confident Group
Distributed byMaxlab Cinemas and Entertainments (India)
Release date
  • 12 April 2013 (2013-04-12)
Running time
156 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget10 crore (US$1.4 million)[1]

PlotEdit

Chandrabose (Mohanlal) whose wife's (Meera Jasmine) death has led him to become an alcoholic. Chandrabose likes to keep a low profile and lives a rather carefree life. When he comes to Kochi, he saves a young IT professional (Krish. J. Sathaar) out of committing suicide and joins in the firm passing out positive philosophy which takes the firm from a struggling start-up to the top, and makes an impression on Anu (Mamta Mohandas), Jyothi (Padmapriya) and Chinnu (Mithra Kurian).

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

CastingEdit

Siddique and Mohanlal planned the film eight years back, and Siddique had the theme in his mind back then. But he was busy with other films.[2][3] Siddique was collaborating with Mohanlal after two decades since Vietnam Colony (1992), which he co-directed with Lal. Krish. J. Sathaar, son of actors Sathaar and Jayabharathi, makes his debut in films playing the role of Sarath. Siddique had seen Krish's photo a while ago and it was his face that came to his mind while he was searching for that character. About the film Siqqique says, "Ladies and Gentleman is essentially about the generation gap. Often, the older generation is set in their ways while the new generation is eager to believe that they are always right. Young achievers of today are mostly self-made and have a different attitude towards life".[4] There were four heroines in the film—Meera Jasmine, Mamta Mohandas, Mithra Kurian, and Padmapriya Janakiraman. While Meera plays the CEO of a company, Mamta and Mithra plays two software professionals, and Padmapriya is a flight attendant.[5] "Lalettan's[Mohanlal] character Chandrabose is a workaholic who lives abroad, giving more preference to making money in life than anything else. Meera's character is the one who changes his life and makes him understand that it is not money but relationships, values and happiness in life that really matter. Then he tries to pass on that message to a group of youngsters from the IT field who are business-minded and chase happiness in a materialistic life", says the director.[6]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography began with a pooja function held on 17 December 2012. While most of the portions were shot in Kerala, song, dance and few other sequences used in the flashback scenes was shot in Dubai.[2] A bungalow at Kakkanad, Kochi was also a filming location.[4] Ladies and Gentleman is the first film to capture the Dubai Miracle Garden, where the song and dance sequence of Mohanlal and Meera was shot. The film was also shot inside the IMAX theater Meydan. Filming in Dubai was done with support from the Dubai Film and TV Commission. Mini Sharma, the CEO of 7Media was the line producer in Dubai.[6] The filming was wrapped on 19 March 2013 after a six days shoot there. With a crew of about 20 men, filming took place across several areas in Dubai, including the Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Media City, Marina Walk, Dubai Creek and Jumeirah Beach Residence. Some scenes were shot in a car showroom in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi.[2][7]

ReleaseEdit

Ladies and Gentleman was awarded with the "U" (Universal) certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification in India. Distributed by Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments, the film was released on 12 April 2013 in the country,[8] during the festival of Vishu.[9] It was released in 100 theatres across Kerala. PJ Entertainments distributed the film in Europe. The satellite rights were purchased by Asianet Communications Ltd.[10]

Pre-release revenueEdit

The film did a good pre-release business. Antony Perumbavoor and Roy C. J. invested close to 10 crores and received a profit of 1.5 crore before the theatrical release. The film brought in 11.5 crores in satellite, remake, and overseas rights due to the market value of Mohanlal and Siddique. It was the first time a Malayalam film was generating an amount over 11 crores before its release.[1][11]

Home mediaEdit

The home media rights of Ladies and Gentleman were purchased by Central Home Entertainment, and the DVDs were released on 9 October 2013.[12]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

Sify.com called it "average" and said, "Siddique, who has created some of the finest comedies in Malayalam history, seems to have lost his way with this one. Satheesh Kurup's visuals are fine, but Ratheesh Vegha's music doesn't impress much".[13] Smitha of One India praised Mohanlal's acting but criticized the script saying "It is a light-hearted film with many comic situations. The script is half-baked. Moreover, the climax is a complete let down. Though the film starts off well, the second half falters and you are unable to make much sense of what director intended to do".[14]

Manu of NowRunning.com rated 2.1/5 and said that "The screenplay is half-baked in the first half. It gets a little bit interesting in the second part, though it goes on downhill very soon", and gave positive remarks to the cinematography, songs, and film score.[15] The reviewer of Indiaglitz.com criticized the script, film score and songs but praised the cinematography, rating it 5/10.[16]

Rajeevan of MetroMatinee.com praised the lead performance, cinematography, film score and editing but criticized the songs and script saying "There is not much strength in the story but Mohanlal’s presence and the way the story is presented makes some difference. Mohanlal, in the lead role as a sluggish inebriated hero with a hidden intent, makes the movie watchable"[17] Aswin J. Kumar of The Times of India rated the film 2.5/5 and stated "Ladies and Gentleman engage only in sparse moments; courtesy Shajon, who digs up some laughter from a parched narrative. It's not the celebration of virtues that mars the purpose, but a palpable lack of earnestness with which Siddique moulds his plot developed by ill-shaped characters."[18]

Box officeEdit

After a good opening, the film did not maintain the reception in the following weeks at the box office.[19] Even then, Ladies and Gentleman completed 6,500 shows in Kerala theaters in five weeks.[20] However, the film's theatrical run was affected when unlicensed copies of the film were illegally uploaded on the Internet in May 2013.[21] Despite that, the film managed to run for more than 50 days in theaters.[3][22]

SoundtrackEdit

Ladies and Gentleman
Soundtrack album by
Released2 April 2013 (2013-04-02)
Recorded2012
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length25:32
LanguageMalayalam
LabelEastcoast Audios
ProducerAntony Perumbavoor
Ratheesh Vegha chronology
Lucky Star
(2013)
Ladies and Gentleman
(2013)
Orissa
(2013)

The soundtrack was composed by Ratheesh Vegha, with lyrics penned by Rafeeq Ahmed and Salavoodheen Kecheri. The album consists of seven songs. The album was launched on 1 April 2013 at IMA Hall in Kochi. The event was attended by Mohanlal, Siddique, Ratheesh Vegha, Krish. J. Sathaar, Meera Jasmine, Mamta Mohandas, East Coast Vijayan and members of the technical crew and cast.[23]

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Pranayame"Rafeeq AhmedHaricharan, Saindhavi4:50
2."Palaniram Padarumi"Rafeeq AhmedKarthik, Sooraj Santhosh3:56
3."Kandathinappuram"Rafeeq AhmedVijay Yesudas, Manjari4:30
4."Ladies and Gentleman"Rafeeq AhmedRahul Nambiar, Sricharan, Ankitha Lakshmi4:42
5."Pranayame"Rafeeq AhmedSaindhavi4:50
6."Pallivalu"Salavoodheen KecheriBiju Narayanan, Sreelakshmi5:40
7."Pranayame"Rafeeq AhmedHaricharan4:50
Total length:31:18

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c Alex Ritman (19 March 2013). "Malayalam film Ladies and Gentleman shoots in Dubai". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Deepa Gauri (23 May 2013). "GENTLEMAN' SPEAKING". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b Vijay George (17 January 2013). "The generation gap". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  5. ^ IndiaGlitz (26 November 2012). "Meera Mamta Mithra and Padmapriya". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b Sajila Saseendran (23 March 2013). "Dubai is my second home: Mohanlal". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  7. ^ Lakshmi (25 March 2013). "ലേഡീസ് ആന്റ് ജെന്റില്‍മാനില്‍ ദുബയ് യൂറോപ്പ്!". Filmibeat.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ Vijay George (11 April 2013). "Siddique speaking". The Hindu. Thiruvananthapuram. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  9. ^ Manjusha Radhakrishnan (19 March 2013). "Exclusive: Behind the scenes with south India actor Mohanlal in Dubai". Gulf News. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  10. ^ Kerala TV (22 March 2013). "Ladies and Gentleman – Satellite Rights Goes To Asianet". KeralaTV.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  11. ^ IndiaGlitz (10 April 2013). "Ladies is announced a hit". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Ladies & Gentleman". 9 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  13. ^ Moviebuzz. "Ladies & Gentleman". Sify.com. Archived from the original on 22 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2015.     
  14. ^ Smitha (15 April 2013). "Ladies And Gentleman Movie Review - Will be liked by Mohanlal's fans". One India. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  15. ^ Manu (14 April 2013). "Ladies & Gentleman Review". Nowrunning.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.     
  16. ^ IndiaGlitz (13 April 2013). "Ladies and Gentleman Movie Review - This Gentlemen is Average, at Best". Indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 13 April 2013.          
  17. ^ Rajeevan (12 April 2013). "Ladies & Gentleman Review". Metromatinee.com. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Ladies and Gentleman Movie Review". The Times of India. 14 April 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2013.     
  19. ^ Sify (29 April 2013). "Kerala Box-Office - April 2013". Sify.com. Archived from the original on 3 May 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  20. ^ Team Chakpak (17 May 2013). "Neram and Mumbai Police on top at Malayalam box office". Chakpak.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  21. ^ "After a break, pirates back to terrorising movie makers". The Hindu. Kochi. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  22. ^ Sify (26 April 2013). "Siddique justifies 'Ladies & Gentleman'". Sify.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  23. ^ Indiancinemagallery (4 March 2015). "Ladies and Gentleman Audio Launch Photos". Indiancinemagallery.com. Retrieved 17 November 2015.

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