Malayalam Satirical film written and directed by Ranjith
Theme : increasing habits of alcoholism in Kerala.
The principal photography of the film started on March 2012.
It has been produced by Antony Perumbavoorunder the banner Aashirvad Cinemas. Prakash Raj were to be one of the lead actors in the film. But he was later replaced by Shankar Ramakrishnan who makes his debut as an actor.
Cast : Mohanlal, Kanika, Madhu, Thilakan, Nedumudi Venu, Shankar Ramakrishnan, Siddarth Barathan, Nandu, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Tiny Tom, Kalpana, Master Abhi Sateesh and Master Prajawal, .
Direction : Renjith
Producer : Antony Perumbavoor
Cast : Mohanlal,Kaniha
Banner : Aashirvaad Cinemas
Release Year : 2012
Mohanlal and Ranjit teams up again after a gap of four years for the upcoming movie ‘Spirit’. The last film they worked together was Rock N Roll. Spirit started shooting on March 10 at Thiruvananthapuram.
Ranjith explains: “I believe there are two kinds of people in Kerala. On one hand, you have intelligent, successful people who become slaves to alcohol. They cannot function without it. As a result of it, their families suffer. Many of these alcoholics have marital problems and often, physically and emotionally, abuse their spouse. On the other, there are many others who are not teetotallers but they don’t need booze 24X7 to keep them in good spirits,” says Ranjith.
Accusation of plagiarism
Abdul Azeez, a short filmmaker and assistant director, has accused that Spirit is plagiarised from his short film My Hero But Big Zero. He adds that Plumber Maniyan, the character played by Nandu in Spirit, was entirely based on the protagonist of his film
The film was positively received by most critics. Performances by Mohanlal as Raghunandan and Nandu as Plumber Maniyan were particularly praised