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Film / Trance (2020)

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Trance is a 2020 Malayalam-language psychological drama directed by Anwar Rashid and starring Fahadh Faasil, Nazriya Nazim Fahadh, Gautham Menon, Chemban Vinod Jose, Dileesh Pothan, Soubin Shahir and Vinayakan. The film was released on February 20, 2020, and is available on Amazon Prime Video.

In 1999, Viju Prasad (Fahadh) is a small-town motivational speaker in the town of Kanyakumari. While working part-time as a waiter to make ends meet, he also takes care of his brother Kunjan. After tragedy strikes, Viju closes his motivational speaking business and moves to Mumbai, where a chance encounter leads to him being hired by Solomon Davis (Menon) and Isaac Thomas (Chemban), two businessmen based in Kochi. What they want from Viju, however, is not just a motivational speaker - they intend to turn him into Joshua Carlton, a Christian megachurch pastor with miraculous powers. However, it may seem that Viju is turning a little too much into Joshua.


Into the fray are also Avarachan (Pothan), Viju/Joshua's trainer, Esther Lopez (Nazriya), a model hired to keep an eye on him, Matthews (Soubin), a journalist, and Thomas (Vinayakan), an ardent believer in him and his miracles.

Trance provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Driven to Suicide: Kunjan, though why is ambiguous. This completely messes Viju up, making him shut down his fledgling self-help business and move to Mumbai.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Kavitha. After Viju meets and helps her in the elevator, he later meets her by chance in Mumbai while working as a delivery driver, and she is the one who gets Viju into contact with Solomon and Isaac.