Karl Marx called religion the opiate of the masses while Sigmund Freud described it as the expression of people’s underlying psychosis and neurosis or an attempt to control the external world. From simple-minded village folks to owners of billion-dollar corporate empires, faith-healers have always found that the faithful will do anything to connect to the ‘big guy’ up in the sky. Irrespective of religions, the lure of health, wealth, fame, fortune, and a promise of prime location in the exclusive ethereal estate of heaven to spend eternity, godmen and faith healers have been attracting humanity in droves. Human life, which is governed by sufferings, fears, dreams and aspirations, is the most lucrative resource in the world for those who know how to manipulate and monetise the gullible minds of millions. Trance takes a jab or two at the exploitative world of faith-healing through powerful performances and captivating visuals but falls short of delivering the knockout punch.
Life for Viju Prasad (Fahadh Faasil) is a losing battle. His career as a motivational speaker and trainer is yet to take off and he also has to take care of his younger brother Kunjan (Sreenath Bhasi) who is suffering from manic depression. Despite all the odds he still plasters a smile and breathes in a ‘can-do attitude’ every morning before he sets out for his daily job as a waiter while doubling up as the odd motivational speaker. Viju’s fragile world shatters and he soon moves to Mumbai and does small jobs to survive. Then life takes a turn.
Viju gets an interview call from Solomon (Gautham Vasudev Menon) who heads a business group with his partner Isaac (Chemban Vinod Jose). Excited at the opportunity of becoming a motivational trainer in a corporate company, he finds out that the men want him for a job that never occurs to him in his wildest dreams. Solomon and Isaac offer Viju, an opportunity that he cannot refuse. He is immediately sent for training under Avarachan (Dileesh Pothan). After six months of rigorous training, a new name and a new avatar as Joshua Carlton (JC), he takes the stage and gives a tremendous performance, turning into miracle-worker pastor.