South star Prithviraj Sukumaran says his upcoming Malayalam crime thriller Bhramam is an “clever” adaptation of the Bollywood hit Andhadhun.
Helmed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi Ok Chandran, the movie is gearing up for a digital launch on Amazon Prime Video on October 7.
Bhramam chronicles the dualities of a pianist named Ray, performed by Prithviraj, who pretends to be blind. The function was initially essayed by Ayushmann Khurrana within the 2018 movie.
In an interview with PTI, Prithviraj mentioned it was vital to make Bhramam in a method that it elevates the movie-watching expertise even for individuals who had seen and beloved Andhadhun.
“When one is trying a remake, they should acknowledge and respect the unique. It’s important that one stays trustworthy to the core of the movie. From there, it’s essential to sit down down and adapt it intelligently. It’s vital, particularly for a cult movie like Andhadhun, that one presents an interesting viewing expertise to someone who has seen the unique.”
The actor mentioned he’s assured that those that haven’t seen Andhadhun will get pleasure from his upcoming crime thriller, however is eager to learn the way the viewers of the Sriram Raghavan-directed film reacts to the Malayalam adaptation.
“As an unique materials, Andhadhun lends itself superbly to the Malayalam milieu. Having mentioned that, it nonetheless must have its personal little quirks and surprises, which Brahmam has. For me, who has seen each, perhaps I relate extra to the Malayalam language, Bhramam is funnier, in reality, it’s extra depraved. That makes it an interesting watch,” he added.
The 38-year-old actor mentioned he had first heard about Andhadhun — which additionally starred Tabu and Radhika Apte — whereas he was filming for his directorial debut Lucifer. Actor Vivek Oberoi, who starred within the 2019 Malayalam actioner Lucifer, not solely really useful Prithviraj to look at the movie but additionally recommended him to adapt it. A lot later, when the Ayyappanum Koshiyum star noticed the movie, he was in awe of how Raghavan and the workforce turned a “grotesque” thriller right into a wildly entertaining movie.
Prithviraj mentioned he had even reached out to the makers of Andhadhun again then, however issues didn’t work out. “I attempted getting in contact with the makers to by some means purchase the rights but it surely didn’t come via. I’m glad that when it occurred, AP Worldwide and Viacom18 got here again to me.”
Prithviraj revealed he had earlier additionally tried to contact Raghavan to purchase the rights to his acclaimed 2007 thriller Johnny Gaddar. The movie featured Neil Nitin Mukesh, Dharmendra, Zakir Hussain, Rimi Sen and Vinay Pathak amongst others. “However even that didn’t occur. It might nonetheless make for an important Malayalam movie although,” he added.
From the second the actor was on board for Bhramam, Prithviraj mentioned he handled it like an unique movie. To make sure that he doesn’t consciously draw from the efficiency of Khurrana, which had bagged him his maiden Nationwide Award, Prithviraj even stopped watching songs from Andhadhun.
“It was vital for me to not base my efficiency on Ayushmann’s interpretation of the character. I needed to base it on the Malayalam textual content that was in my palms.
“On the finish of my interpretation, if what I’ve finished is much like what Ayushmann has finished, so be it. However I nonetheless needed to undergo that train. I hope it does justice to the unique and we match as much as that piece of cinema,” he added.
Bhramam additionally stars Unni Mukundan, Raashi Khanna, Sudheer Karamana and Mamta Mohandas in key roles.