The movie, which also has Raashi Khanna and Unni Mukundan, is directed by acclaimed cinematographer Ravi K Chandran
Mollywood directors rarely take on remakes; it’s often the other way round with Malayalam films being remade across languages. That’s why people are anxiously awaiting to see how Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Bhramam, which is the Malayalam remake of Ayushmann Khurrana’s Andhadhun turns out.
The movie, which is directed by Ravi K Chandran, has Prithviraj, Mamta Mohandas, Unni Mukundan, Shankar, Ananya and Jagadish in pivotal roles and much like the original is a quirky, black comedy-thriller. In fact, Prithviraj, who will be playing the role of a blind pianist, in a recent interview had said that it’s “funnier and whackier” than Andhadhun.
Which role is Mamta Mohandas playing in Bhramam?
Bhramam follows the same storyline as Andhadhun, about a pretentious blind pianist who gets tangled in a crime scene and how he tries to wiggle his way out of it. Prithviraj plays the role that Ayushmann Khurrana had essayed in the original. Mamta plays Tabu’s character while Unni Mukundan acts as the cop she has an affair with. While yesteryear star Shankar plays the role of Mamta’s husband, Ananya plays the wife of Unni’s character in the movie.
How to watch Bhramam?
Bhramam will release across the world on October 7. The team, however, has opted for a hybrid release for the Malayalam movie with it dropping on the OTT platform, Amazon Prime Video, in India at 12am, while it releases in theatres across the world, where cinema halls are open. Even though theatres are open in certain states in India, Bhramam will only be available on Amazon Prime Video in India.
Why remake Andhadhun in Malayalam?
While there has only been limited Hindi-to-Malayalam remakes recently such as Udaharanam Sujatha and Zam Zam, Prithviraj in an earlier interview told us that he believed that it’s important for content to travel from North to South and not just the other way round. “I think Andhadhun as a film has content that lends itself very well to Malayalam. I hope I will be proven right when you see the movie,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ravi K Chandran said that even Andhadhun director Sriram Raghavan initially planned to make the Bollywood film in Fort Kochi with a Malayalam star. “I saw Andhadhun on the first day itself because KU Mohanan shot it and Tabu is a friend too. After that, I spoke to Sriram Raghavan and told him, ‘This looks like a Malayalam movie and not a Hindi film’, because the character of a pianist and the quirkiness of the film doesn’t quite fit into the culture, especially because it’s set in Pune. Else it should have had a Goan setting. I told him it would have been better if the film was set in Fort Kochi, and that’s when he said that he had actually gone to Fort Kochi to see the location and wanted to do the movie with a Malayalam actor. It’s only because he couldn’t get his dates, he pitched it to Ayushmann Khurrana. So, he himself wanted to shoot it in Kochi and that became the trigger point,” he said.