Southern star Prithviraj Sukumaran has said that his upcoming Malayalam crime thriller Bhramam is a clever adaptation of Bollywood hit Andhadhun. Directed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K Chandran, the film is gearing up for digital release on Amazon Prime Video on October 7. “Bhramam” tells about the dualities of a pianist named Ray, performed by Prithviraj, who claims to be blind. The role was originally tried out by Ayushmann Khurrana in the 2018 film. Bhramam Trailer: Ray Mathews of Prithviraj Sukumaran is a charming forgery in this Malayalam remake of Andhadhun (see video).
In an interview with PTI, Prithviraj said it was important to do “Bhramam” in a way that elevates the movie watching experience, even for those who have seen and liked “Andhadhun”. “When you attempt a remake, you have to recognize and respect the original. It’s important that you stay true to the essence of the film. From there it’s crucial to sit down and adapt it intelligently. . This is important, especially for a cult movie like ‘Andhadhun’, this one presents a captivating viewing experience for someone who has seen the original. “
The actor said he is confident that those who haven’t seen “Andhadhun” will enjoy his upcoming crime thriller, but want to know how audiences to the Sriram Raghavan-directed film are reacting to the Malayalam adaptation. “As the original material, ‘Andhadhun’ lends itself wonderfully to the Malayalam environment. However, it still needs to have its own little quirks and surprises, like ‘Brahmam’. Bhramam Teaser: Blind Prithviraj Sukumaran in Andhadhun’s Malayalam Remake Looks Promising! (Watch the video).
“For me, who’s seen both, maybe I relate more to the Malayalam language, ‘Bhramam’ is funnier, in fact, it’s meaner. It makes for an engaging watch,” he said. he adds. The 38-year-old actor said he first heard about “Andhadhun” – 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 movie, but also suggested he adapt it.
Much later, when the “Ayyappanum Koshiyum” star saw the film, he was impressed with how Raghavan and the crew turned a “horrible” thriller into an extremely entertaining film. Prithviraj said he even contacted the creators of “Andhadhun” at the time, but things didn’t work out. “I tried to get in touch with the manufacturers to acquire the rights one way or another, but it was unsuccessful. 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. “But even that didn’t happen. It would still make a great Malayalam movie,” he added. From the moment the actor was on board “Bhramam”, Prithviraj said he treated it like an original film.
To ensure that he did not consciously draw inspiration from Khurrana’s performance, which won him his first national award, Prithviraj even stopped watching songs from “Andhadhun”. “It was important for me not to base my performance on Ayushmann’s interpretation of the character. I wanted to base it on the Malayalam text that was in my hands. Ayushmann did it, so be it. But I still wanted to do this exercise. Hope this does the original justice and we fit this movie, “he added. Bhramam also stars Unni Mukundan, Raashi Khanna, Sudheer Karamana and Mamta Mohandas in key roles.
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