However, Basil Joseph is keen to turn Minnal Murali into a franchise.
Tovino Thomas starrer Minnal Murali, a superhero offering that was released just in time for Christmas, served as an ideal family entertainer. The response to director Basil Joseph's Malayalam film was so positive that, as per the latest reports, several Hindi film industry filmmakers approached him for remake rights. Despite his delight, Joseph is hesitant to share his story.
The filmmaker told Mid Day that he thinks of Minnal Murali as a Kerala native superhero and doesn't want his identity to be strewn about. However, Joseph confirmed that there are discussions going on, but nothing is being developed.
Unlike the directors of South Indian films who have happily shared remake rights with Bollywood filmmakers, Joseph is opposed to a remake. He further told the tabloid that he wants Minnal Murali to be a one-of-a-kind film.
By giving examples, the Godha helmer said that we hadn't seen Spider-Man in any of his previous iterations. There is only one Spider-Man and one Krrish, so Joseph believes there should be one Minnal Murali.
Viewers' enthusiasm has only confirmed what Joseph suspected early on: that the film held the potential to become a franchise. He agreed that there should be a follow-up. The director revealed having some ideas for stories but said it's difficult to match the original story's standards because originals are easy to create. Joseph added that because one uses the story of an underdog, people can identify with it, but it is difficult to make sequels relatable. He went on to say that the character in Minnal Murali is larger than life and it's difficult to get the audience to connect with the hero.
When asked how he accomplished the task of making Minnal Murali on a shoestring budget, Joseph revealed he didn't want any gimmicks in terms of showcasing his superpowers. He shared that Minnal Murali is a normal human being with special abilities and that it's a fabricated story, but he wanted people to believe that the events were real.
Joseph's plan is to work on the ground level as much as possible so that they can use as little VFX as possible. He revealed that for some scenes, they did a slew of takes on the ground.
Minnal Murali is currently streaming on Netflix.