The filmmaker doesn't want to be tagged as the thriller specialist henceforth
Director Jeethu Joseph, who has helmed a slew of Malayalam and Tamil films, will be making his Telugu debut with Drushyam 2, the remake of his Malayalam OTT hit Drishyam 2 starring Mohanlal, Meena that released earlier this year. Drushyam 2 is all set to stream on Amazon Prime Video from November 25. The director now feels he has been stereotyped as a thriller specialist but he wants to leave a mark in all kinds of genres.
He may have done a bunch of comedy films, family dramas, but audiences still refer to him as a thriller director, Jeethu says. "Personally speaking, I like to watch mystery movies. Since my childhood, I have watched Amanda Christie novels, Sherlock Holmes, so of course I have inclination towards the genre. But as a filmmaker, I want to do all kinds if films."
"My first film (Detective) was an investigation movie, my second, (Mummy and Me) was a family film. I have also done a comedy film (with Nidhi), but my fourth and fifth were thrillers - Memories and Drishyam. So with consecutive thrillers, many started expecting movies from me in the same genre, alongwith the producers. I enjoy thrillers, and mystery for sure."
The filmmaker has a family comedy and a love story lineup ahead for he feels doing back-to-back thrillers gets boring, in terms of the filmmaking. Jeethu Joseph says there's a reason behind him being associated with the remakes of his own films in other languages. In the case of Papanasam, he wanted to do it because he looked up to Kamal Haasan, while with the Telugu version of Drushyam 2, it was the opportunity to work with experienced artists that convinced him to take up the offer.
Drushyam 2 features Venkatesh, Meena, Tanikella Bharani, Nadhiya, Naresh, Sampath Raj, Kruthika, Jayakumar and Esther Anil in pivotal roles.