Megastar Mammootty’s latest movie Puthan Panam directed by master director Ranjith was released on April 12 in over 135 screens. The movie, which is based on recent demonetization issues, has received average reviews from both critics and audience. It is expected that the box office performance of the movie might be average as it was a less hyped movie.
However, Puthan Panam has collected Rs 1.83 Crore on its opening day, falling way short of Mammootty’s recent movie The Great Father, which has earned more than 4 Crores*. At Kochi multiplex the movie got good opening and has collected over 7 lakhs with an occupancy of more than 90%.
Puthan Panam comes with the tag, The New Indian Rupee, a dual reference there, one to his own 2011 film, and second, to the new currency notes post-demonetisation. While Indian Rupee was an intelligent take on the real estate business, the parallel economy, and the greed of those who are caught in it, Puthan Panam turns out to be a lazy attempt at making a film on the post-demonetisation scenario.
The demonetisation track in the end comes out as an excuse to latch on to some current issue, without even managing to get a slice of the icing on top of it. Walking out of the cinema after Puthan Panam almost matches the feeling of first walking out of the ATM with those new pink ₹2,000 currency notes.