Prithiviraj Sukumaram says that those who haven’t seen Andhadhun will appreciate Bhramam, but want to know how audiences of the film directed by Sriram Raghavan react to the Malayalam adaptation.
Prithviraj Sukumaran announces upcoming crime thriller in Malayalam Bhramam is a “smart” adaptation of the Bollywood hit Andhadhoun.
Directed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K Chandran, the film is gearing up for digital release on Amazon Prime Video on October 7.
Bhramam recounts the dualities of a pianist named Ray, played by Prithviraj, who claims to be blind. The role was originally tried out by Ayushmann Khurrana in the 2018 film. In an interview with Press Trust of India, Prithviraj said it was important to do Bhramam so as to enhance the movie watching experience even for those who have seen and loved Andhadhoun.
âWhen we try a remake, they have to recognize and respect the original. It is important that we stay true to the essence of the film. From there it is crucial to sit down and adapt it intelligently. This is important, especially for a cult movie like Andhadhoun, this one presents a captivating viewing experience to someone who has seen the original.
The actor said he is assured that those who have not seen Andhadhoun will enjoy his upcoming crime thriller, but want to know how audiences to the Sriram Raghavan-directed film are reacting to the Malayalam adaptation.
âAs an original material, Andhadhun lends itself wonderfully to the Malayalam environment. Having said that, he still has to have his own little quirks and surprises, which Brahman has. For me, who has seen both, maybe I relate more to the Malayalam language, Bhramam it’s funnier, in fact, it’s meaner. This makes it an attractive watch, âhe added.
The 38-year-old actor said he first heard of Andhadhoun – which also starred Tabu and Radhika Apte – while filming for his directorial debut Lucifer. Actor Vivek Oberoi, who starred in 2019’s Malayalam actor Lucifer, not only recommended Prithviraj to watch the film, but also suggested he adapt it. Much later, when the Ayyappanum Koshiyum star saw the film, he was in awe of how Raghavan and the crew turned a âhorribleâ thriller into an extremely entertaining film.
Prithviraj said he even contacted the makers of Andhadhoun back then, but things didn’t work out. âI tried to get in touch with the manufacturers to acquire the rights one way or another, but it didn’t work out. I am glad that when this happened AP International and Viacom18 came back to me.
Prithviraj revealed that he also tried to contact Raghavan to purchase the rights to his acclaimed 2007 thriller. Johnny Gaddar. The film starred Neil Nitin Mukesh, Dharmendra, Zakir Hussain, Rimi Sen, and Vinay Pathak, among others. âBut even that didn’t happen. It would still make a great Malayalam film, âhe added.
From the moment the actor was on board for Bhramam, Prithviraj said he treated it like an original movie. To make sure he didn’t consciously draw inspiration from Khurrana’s performance, which won him his first national award, Prithviraj even stopped watching songs by Andhadhoun.
âIt was important for me not to base my performance on Ayushmann’s interpretation of the character. I wanted to base myself on the Malayalam text that was in my hands.
âAt the end of my performance, if what I did is similar to what Ayushmann did, so be it. But I still wanted to do this exercise. I hope that does the original justice and that we fit this piece of cinema, âhe added.
Bhramam also stars Unni Mukundan, Raashi Khanna, Sudheer Karamana and Mamta Mohandas in key roles.
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