Chandrabose (Mohanlal) whose wife's (Meera Jasmine) death has led him to become an alcoholic. Chandrabose likes to keep a low profile and lives a rather carefree life. When he comes to Kochi, he saves a young IT professional (Krish. J. Sathaar) out of committing suicide and joins in the firm passing out positive philosophy which takes the firm from a struggling start-up to the top, and makes an impression on Anu (Mamta Mohandas), Jyothi (Padmapriya) and Chinnu (Mithra Kurian).Mohanlal as Chandrabose
Mamta Mohandas as Anu
Meera Jasmine as Aswathy / Achu
Mithra Kurian as Chinnu
Padmapriya as Jyothi
Krish. J. Sathaar as Sharath
Kalabhavan Shajon as Mani
Manoj K. Jayan as Anoop
Krishna Kumar as Sony Zakkariah
K. B. Ganesh Kumar as Shivasankara Menon
Shivaji Guruvayoor as Kunjunni
Sreelatha Namboothiri as Bhanumathiyamma
Abu Salim as Vinod
Siddique and Mohanlal planned the film eight years back, and Siddique had the theme in his mind back then. But he was busy with other films. Siddique was collaborating with Mohanlal after two decades since Vietnam Colony (1992), which he co-directed with Lal. Krish. J. Sathaar, son of actors Sathaar and Jayabharathi, makes his debut in films playing the role of Sarath. Siddique had seen Krish's photo a while ago and it was his face that came to his mind while he was searching for that character. About the film Siqqique says, "Ladies and Gentleman is essentially about the generation gap. Often, the older generation is set in their ways while the new generation is eager to believe that they are always right. Young achievers of today are mostly self-made and have a different attitude towards life". There were four heroines in the film - Meera Jasmine, Mamta Mohandas, Mithra Kurian, and Padmapriya Janakiraman. While Meera plays the CEO of a company, Mamta and Mithra plays two software professionals, and Padmapriya is a flight attendant. "Lalettan's[Mohanlal] character Chandrabose is a workaholic who lives abroad, giving more preference to making money in life than anything else. Meera's character is the one who changes his life and makes him understand that it is not money but relationships, values and happiness in life that really matter. Then he tries to pass on that message to a group of youngsters from the IT field who are business-minded and chase happiness in a materialistic life", says the director.
The film began its shoot and held its pooja on 17 December 2012. While most of the portions were shot in Kerala, some song, dance and few other sequences used in the flashback scenes in the film was shot in Dubai. A bungalow at Kakkanad, Kochi was also a filming location. Ladies and Gentleman is the first film to capture the Dubai Miracle Garden, where the song and dance sequence of Mohanlal and Meera was shot. The film was also shot inside the IMAX theater Meydan. Filming in Dubai was done with support from the Dubai Film and TV Commission. Mini Sharma, the CEO of 7Media was the line producer in Dubai. The filming was wrapped on 19 March 2013 after a six days shoot there. With a crew of about 20 men, filming took place across several areas of Dubai, including the Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Media City, Marina Walk, Dubai Creek and Jumeirah Beach Residence. Some scenes were shot in a car showroom in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. The film was scheduled to be released on 12 April 2013.
Ladies and Gentleman was awarded with "U" (Universal) certificate by the Central Board of Film Certification of India. Distributed by Maxlab Cinemas and Entertainments, it was released on 12 April 2013, during the festival of Vishu, in 100 theatres across Kerala. PJ Entertainments distributed the film in Europe. The satellite right were purchased by Asianet Communications Ltd.
The film did a good pre-release business according to the producers. Antony Perumbavoor and C. J. Roy invested close to ₹10 crores received a profit of ₹1.5 crore before the theatrical release. The film has brought in ₹11.5 crores in satellite, remake, and overseas rights due to the market value of Siddique and Mohanlal. It was the first time a Malayalam movie has brought in an amount over ₹11 crore before its release.
The home media rights of Ladies and Gentleman was purchazed by Central Home Entertainment, and the DVD's were released on 9 October 2013.
Sify.com called it "average" and said, "Siddique, who has created some of the finest comedies in Malayalam history, seems to have lost his way with this one. Satheesh Kurup's visuals are fine, but Ratheesh Vegha's music doesn't impress much". Smitha of One India praised Mohanlal's acting but criticized the script saying "It is a light-hearted film with many comic situations. The script is half-baked. Moreover, the climax is a complete let down. Though the film starts off well, the second half falters and you are unable to make much sense of what director intended to do".
Manu of NowRunning.com rated 2.1/5 and said that "The screenplay is half-baked in the first half. It gets a little bit interesting in the second part, though it goes on downhill very soon", and gave positive remarks to the cinematography. songs, and film score. The reviewer of Indiaglitz.com criticized the script, film score and songs but praised the cinematography, rating it 5/10.
Rajeevan of MetroMatinee.com praised the lead performance, cinematography, film score and editing but criticized the songs and script saying "There is not much strength in the story but Mohanlal’s presence and the way the story is presented makes some difference. Mohanlal, in the lead role as a sluggish inebriated hero with a hidden intent, makes the movie watchable" Aswin J. Kumar of The Times of India rated 2.5/5 and stated "Ladies and Gentleman engage only in sparse moments; courtesy Shajon, who digs up some laughter from a parched narrative. It's not the celebration of virtues that mars the purpose, but a palpable lack of earnestness with which Siddique moulds his plot developed by ill-shaped characters."
After a good opening the film faced difficulty at the box office. Ladies and Gentleman completed 6,500 shows in theaters in five weeks following the release. However, the film's theatrical run was affected when unlicensed copies of the film were illegally uploaded on the Internet in May 2013. Despite that, the film ran for more than 50 days in theaters.
The soundtrack was composed by Ratheesh Vegha, with lyrics penned by Rafeeq Ahmed and Salavoodheen Kecheri. The album consists of seven songs. The album was launched on 1 April 2013 at IMA Hall in Kochi. The event was attended by Mohanlal, Siddique, Ratheesh Vegha, Krish. J. Sathaar, Meera Jasmine, Mamta Mohandas, East Coast Vijayan and members of the technical crew and cast.