GenreCrime Release dateApril 11, 2014 (India) Music directorDeepak Dev CountryIndia
Release date11 April 2014 (2014-04-11) CastMammootty (Akbar Ali), Nyla Usha (Sana Ibrahim), Sekhar Menon (Anto), Aparna Gopinath (Lilly), T. G. Ravi (Hajikka), Kunchan (Mani Menon) Similar moviesSalt, Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan, Mad Max: Fury Road, Looper, John Wick, Furious 7
TaglineThere will be blood and swagger
Gangster is a 2014 Malayalam gangster film directed by Aashiq Abu. Mammootty plays the lead role, along with Nyla Usha and Aparna Gopinath as the female leads. The film also features John Paul, T. G. Ravi, Sekhar Menon, Kunchan, Alexx O'Nell, Hareesh Peradi and Dileesh Pothan in supporting roles. The film was written by Ahmed Sidhique and Abhilash Kumar, with music by Deepak Dev. The film released on 11 April 2014.
The film was expected to have Fahadh Faasil and Meera Jasmine or Rima Kallingal to play major roles with Mammootty. Later, Nyla Usha was cast to play the female lead opposite Mammootty. Also, Aparna Gopinath was roped in to play another female lead. Mammootty reportedly have lost 10 kg. to play the role of Akbar Ali Khan in the film. The film also features John Paul, T. G. Ravi, Sekhar Menon, Kunchan, Hareesh Peradi, Dileesh Pothan and Alexx O'Nell in supporting roles.
Production and release
Gangster was scheduled to be shot after the completion of Aashiq Abu's Salt N' Pepper, but was postponed several times to finally start shooting from 15 December 2013. The movie completed shooting in 50 days in the locations of Kochi, Mangalore, Goa, and Rajasthan, at a budget of ₹8 crore (US$1.2 million).
In an online poll conducted by One India, Gangster was voted as the most awaited Malayalam film of the year. The film was released on 11 April as a Vishu release with the date being adjusted due to national elections.
The film received negative reviews from critics, criticising the script which was described as "poor" and "unimpressive", with positive comments about the background score and cinematography.
Veeyen of Nowrunning.com rated the film 2 out of 5 and said, "The even sag that painfully persists throughout, the mindless gunshots and blood splatter and the sodden predictability together blow up this film beyond recognition. And no amount of crashing and crunching can salvage an entertainer from the massive debris that it leaves behind."" Raj Vikram of Metromatinee.com said, "Gangster proves to be a half baked, shoddily made and unimaginative film. Without a speck of novelty it ends up as a routine revenge drama devoid of thrills. Painfully paced and lacking in an engaging plot the film huffs and puffs into a disappointing end".
Padmakumar of Malayala Manorama rated the film 1.5 out of 5 and concluded his review saying, "With all its thunderous background score, dramatic slow motions, white-skinned cons, wowing locations, flamboyant frames and sleek cars, the film never fails from disappointing you to the core." Tony Mathew, also from Malayala Manorama, gave the movie a negative review and said that "Gangster is a disaster".
Ajin Krishna of Oneindia.in said, "The movie Gangster works only for its different style, performances, music, visuals and the engaging climax sequences. Rest is pretty much average." Sify.com's reviewer said, "Gangster is perhaps an act of impudence, with scant regard for the time and money of the viewer. It's not easy to sit through this boring film even for a hardcore Mammootty fan."