Choreographer Murali turned director in 2014 with Namo Bhoothathma, the remake of Yaamirukka Bayamey
Last Updated: 01.09 PM, Aug 03, 2023
Horror comedy is a genre that popular choreographer Murali likes, so when he showed interest in making one, it was actor Komal who suggested that he watch the Tamil film Yaamirukka Bayamey to do it in Kannada. Called Namo Bhoothathma, the film was a box office success, which, Murali says was definitely encouraging for him.
“I wanted to do another film in the genre, but this time around, I wanted it to be based on an original story. Filmmaking is a time-consuming process. But given my busy schedule as a choreographer, I was not able to devote enough time into getting the script together. In fact, when Namo Bhoothathma 2 was announced, everyone assumed that it would be a remake yet again. This is something that I wanted to avoid at any cost and be able to prove my mettle as a filmmaker. It is only in the last 3-4 years that I have been able to concentrate on working towards the sequel. That is why there’s been a nine-year gap between my debut and my follow up film,” says Murali.
In the trailer, it seems that the film’s protagonist, Komal, and a bunch of friends land up at a mysterious house in Chikkamagaluru, where they then begin to experience a series of paranormal events. “On the surface, it may seem that Namo Bhoothathma 2 has a simple story that may even feel familiar. But the beauty of the film is that there is so much more to it that you cannot even begin to imagine,” says the filmmaker, adding, that there is no similarity between both the films, but for the title. The film’s USPs, adds Murali, are, no doubt, the engaging story, the dialogues and the cast, led by Komal, who bring it all alive.