The acclaimed cinematographer-turned-filmmaker tells us about the changes in the Malayalam remake of Andhadhun
The latest trailer of Bhramam, the Malayalam remake of Ayushmann Khurrana’s Andhadhun, has already got a lot of Prithviraj Sukumaran fans excited. The movie has Prithviraj playing a pretentious blind musician, the character essayed by Ayushmann in the Hindi movie directed by Sriram Raghavan.
Ask Bhramam’s director Ravi K Chandran if he drew comparisons between the two actors’ performances while making the Malayalam remake and he says, “We tweaked the script for Prithvi’s personality. He is an alpha male, who has a physique of a tough, well-built man. You can’t compare him with Ayushmann. Both of them have two different body languages.”
He is all praise for Prithviraj’s performance in the film. “I have watched Bhramam many times now because of the editing and other post-production work. Every time I watch it, I could spot a new detail that he had brought in that I didn’t notice during filming. All of them are very subtle but outstanding; he has put in so much thought into the role,” he says.
With Prithviraj also being a director, did he have suggestions on how the movie had to turn out? “He knows how the film, its logic and its shots work. He has a clear idea about those. Despite being a successful director, he doesn’t interfere with the making of the film. He didn’t even come to monitor to watch the shots or looked at the edit. As a director, he knows when something is working well. Also, Prithviraj remembered everyone else’s lines in the movie and so even if other actors forgot their dialogues, he would prompt it to them. He’s that sort of a person,” says the cinematographer-director.
Meanwhile, Ravi also explains that Prithviraj was also prime reason he took up the dual responsibility of directing as well as cranking the camera for Bhramam. “I actually hired another cameraman to shoot Bhramam. But Prithvi and the producers said that I haven’t shot a movie for the past 20 years in Malayalam. Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu was my previous Malayalam film. So, they insisted I handle the cinematography for this film. Prithvi also said, ‘I haven’t acted in a film with you as the DOP. So, it’s my dream to work with you’. I told him that it will be too much of work for me and I wouldn’t be able to shoot it quickly. He said he would give me more dates, if I shot the movie,” he explains.