Trance is a 2020 Indian Malayalam-language psychological drama film directed and produced by Anwar Rasheed and written by Vincent Vadakkan. It features Fahadh Faasil in the lead role, while Nazriya Nazim, Soubin Shahir, Vinayakan, Chemban Vinod Jose, Dileesh Pothan and Gautham Menon play supporting roles. Amal Neerad was the cinematographer and newcomer Jackson Vijayan composed the film’s songs, the background score was by Vijayan and Sushin Shyam.
Filming began in July 2017 and was completed in September 2019. Trance was released in Kerala on 20 February 2020.
Cast of Trance
- Fahadh Faasil as Viju Prasad later Joshua Carlton
- Gautham Menon as Solomon Davis
- Soubin Shahir as Mathews Thomas
- Nazriya Nazim as Esther Lopez
- Vinayakan as Thomas
- Chemban Vinod Jose as Issac Thomas
- Dileesh Pothan as Avarachan
- Sreenath Bhasi as Kunjan, Vijus’s brother
- Jinu Joseph as Dr.Jase John
- Srinda Arhaan as Latha
- Aswathi Menon as Kavitha
- Arjun Ashokan as Paul
- Dharmajan Bolgatty as Soji
- Amalda Liz as Sheeba, Thomas’ wife
- Unnimaya Prasad as Shani, news reporter
- Joju George as a newsreader
- Arjun Ratan as TV show editor
- Arushi Mudgal as Viju’s and Kunjan’s mother
- Dilan as young Viju
- Dian as young Kunjan
- Anu K. Aniyan as TV show anchor
- Jeevan Stephan as a newsreader
- Len Prasad as Danny
In a March 2016 interview, Fahadh Faasil revealed that he would be acting in Anwar Rasheed’s next directorial and its subject is fresh that has never been attempted in Malayalam cinema. Trance was officially announced with a title poster in June 2017. The film was produced by Rasheed himself. The film marks the debut of Vincent Vadakkan as a screenwriter. Rasheed was earlier supposed to direct a short in 5 Sundarikal (2013) based on the screenplay by Vadakkan. But it did not work out as he did not get the right cast. Later, Vadakkan narrated the story of Trance, but then he was not ready to produce the film because of its high production cost. Rasheed had Fahadh in mind for the lead role then itself. Later, Fahadh happened to hear the story from Vadakkan and insisted on Rasheed reconsider the project. By then, the storyline had changed and the bankability of Fahadh had also grown and Rasheed was confident in producing the film.
Filming began in July 2017. A week-long first schedule of filming was completed in December 2017 in Mumbai. For the first time in Malayalam cinema, Bolt High-Speed Cinebot cameras were used to shoot some scenes in the film. The film is shot with sync sound. The film was shot mainly in coastal Kanyakumari, across various locations in India and Dubai, and the climax was shot in Amsterdam. In July 2019, it as reported that Trance is expected to cost close to ₹20 crores when it completes production. Amal Neerad was the cinematographer and Resul Pookutty was the film’s sound designer. Filming was completed on 1 September 2019. The film was made on a budget of ₹35 crores.
Marketing and release of Trance
The film’s release as postponed multiple times. It was initially scheduled to be released on 22 March 2019. Then there were plans to release the film during Eid al-Fitr (June) but was later shifted to Onam (September) due to pending visual effects work. The release date was again scheduled for 20 December 2019 before postponing to February 2020 due to a delay in post-production work.
Then it was scheduled to 14 February 2020 on Valentine’s Day. But the regional Central Board of Film Certification in Thiruvananthapuram referred the film to a revising committee in Mumbai since Rasheed was not willing to cut a 17-minute long sequence that could hurt religious sentiments. On 15 February 2020, the film was leaked on the website Tamil Rockers a week ahead of its release. The film was released in Kerala on 20 February 2020.
Trance Box Office Collection
Fahadh Faasil Starrer Malayalam Movie Trance, which Released on 20th February 2020. Let me tell you that Trance collects Rs 6 crore on day 1 and on Day 2 Trance Malayalam movie runs decently at the box office. Here is all Kerala Gross collection update, India Collection on day 2 ₹5.70 Cr and Net collection are Rs 2.64 crores Distributors Share of trance movie are ₹1.58 Crs. Movie Had Excellent opening all over Kerala. Career-best opening for Fahadh Faasil & the 2020s best opening at Kerala Box Office.
At a time when religion is the new drug, Anwar Rasheed’s Trance is sure to strike a chord with those blinded by faith, the freethinkers and skeptics. The film, after all, is about a fake pastor, who is just a front for the business operations of corporates to mint money using faith as the driving force.
Viju Prasad (Fahadh), a down-on-his-luck motivational trainer runs from post to pillar to make his life work, amid also taking care of his younger brother. However, things take a dire turn and he is forced to move to Mumbai to get a new start. And at this despondent juncture, he gets an offer from two affluent men (Gautham Vasudev Menon and Chemban Vinod) to join them as a pastor of sorts. Their purpose is to mint money using faith as the front. After a crash course in theology, Viju takes on the identity of Pastor Joshua Carlton and his magnetic persona along with the orchestrated acts of miracles, fuels the curated brand image of a Messiah. But a stunt on live TV brings the entire operations under the scanner and the rest of the movie follows its impact on Joshua, his bosses, and his followers.
Director Anwar gets the first half absolutely right in its pacing and content. However, the second half of the script, by Vincent Vadakkan, loses steam with the plot then almost reflecting Joshua’s mindset in those scenes. The makers seem to have chosen style over substance in the latter half. The angle between Esther and Joshua also seemed force-fit and drags out what is an almost three-hour film. Vincent though gets points for highlighting the perils of hope that fake messiahs provide with an urban and stylish take on the relevant premise.
Amal Neerad’s cinematography, especially in the scenes in Kanyakumari and Mumbai, breathes an extra whiff of fresh air. As usual, the frames are uber stylish and coupled with the BGM from Sushin Shyam and Jackson Vijayan, Trance makes for an eclectic witch.