Anwar Rasheed’s ‘Trance’, starring Fahadh Faasil, has its problems but is never less than fascinating

Posted on March 5, 2020


‘Trance’ is nothing if not ambitious: Christian symbolism spills over from every frame. But it’s the screenplay (Vincent Vadakkan) that’s most indicative of the film’s ambition.

Spoilers ahead…

Early on in Anwar Rasheed’s Trance, we see a sign in the run-down building where Viju (Fahadh Faasil) lives. It’s one of those Facebook-y motivational quotes: There’s no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. If only this were true! Viju’s cramped flat — he shares it with his brother, Kunjan (Sreenath Bhasi) — is a few stairs above this sign, and he keeps taking them. But success? Ironically, it will have to wait until he finds himself in an elevator and runs into a Mumbai-based woman… In other words, that motivational sign — like most motivational signs — is a bunch of bull. It’s the elevator that helps Viju succeed, not the stairs. And indeed, like one does in an elevator, Viju zooms to the top.

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