Punyalan Agarbattis

Punyalan Agarbattis (English: Saint Incense Sticks) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam satirical comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Ranjith Sankar, starring Jayasurya, Nyla Usha, Aju Varghese, Rachana Narayanankutty, Innocent and Sreejith Ravi. The film follows the tale of the young entrepreneur Joy Thakkolkaran (Jayasurya) and his business venture "Punyalan Agarbattis" in the city of Thrissur.

Punyalan Agarbathis
Theatrical poster
Directed byRanjith Sankar
Produced byJayasurya
Ranjith Sankar
Written byRanjith Sankar
Screenplay byRanjith Sankar
Anil Kurian
Nyla Usha
Aju Varghese
Rachana Narayanankutty
Sreejith Ravi
Music byBijibal
CinematographySujith Vassudev
Edited byLijo Paul
Dreams N Beyond
Distributed byCentral Pictures
Release date
29 November 2013

The film is produced by Jayasurya and Ranjith Sankar under the banner of Dreams N Beyond[1] and features music composed by Bijibal.[2] The film was a commercial success at the box-office.[3]

A sequel of the film titled 'Punyalan Private Limited' was made in 2017,[4] and it casts many of the members of original cast.


The movie follows the inspiring tale of an entrepreneur, Joy Thakolkaaran, who owns a firm named 'Punyalan Agarbathis'. The firm in involved in the production of incense sticks from elephant dung. The first half moves around how it becomes nearly impossible for him to acquire necessary raw material (elephant dung) and when he finally does acquire it devil follows him in the form of a hartal. Struggling between the deadline given by the court and the unexpected hartal, he decides to smuggle the raw material on the day of the hartal. When the RIP followers get wind of this they attack joy and destroy his godown and means of transportation. The rest of the movie revolves around how Joy is pressured with various problems around him and how help comes from the unexpected. The party uses different methods to mentally depreciate Joy. But he overcomes them by his optimistic attitude and his friends and family. In the end of the movie the tag line reads "you can conquer the whole world if you are ready to believe in yourself"



Jayasurya was selected for playing the lead. Nyla Usha to play the role of his wife.[5][6] The popular senior actor Innocent was cast to play the hero's grandfather.[7][8]

The filming began at Thrissur on 17 August 2013.[9][10]


Punyalan Agarbattis
Soundtrack album to Punyalan Agarbattis by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
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Punyalan Agarbattis

Bijibal composed the background score and the songs in the film.. The film marked the debut of Jayasurya as a singer in films. The lyrics are written by Santhosh Varma.[11]

Track Song Title Singer(s)
1 "Poorangalude Pooram" P. Jayachandran
2 "Aashichavan" Jayasurya
3 "Esho Parayunna" Arun Alat


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  2. ^ "`Punyalan Agarbathis` on November 29". Sify. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  3. ^ Deepa Gauri (26 December 2013). "The best of Malayalam cinema in 2013". Khaleej Times.
  4. ^ M, Athira (15 November 2017). "Ranjith Sankar on his new release 'Punyalan Private Ltd'". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Nyla Usha is the heroine in 'Punyalan Agarbattis'!". Sify.com. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  6. ^ Gayathry (12 July 2013). "Jayasurya-Nyla in Punyalan Agarbattis - Oneindia Entertainment". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Innocent in Punyalan Agarbattis". The Times Of India. 28 July 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Innocent in Punyalan Agarbattis - Malayalam Movie News". Indiaglitz.com. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Jayasurya starrer 'Punyalan Agarbattis' starts today". Metromatinee.com. 17 August 2013. Archived from the original on 18 August 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Punyalan Agarbattis to begin its shoot !". Indiamovies.Net. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  11. ^ Gayathry (1 August 2013). "Jayasurya To Sing In Punyalan Agarbattis - Oneindia Entertainment". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 29 November 2013.

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