In the 1960s, A Vincent made a memorable Malayalam film called Asuravithu based on the Jnanpith award winner M T Vasudevan Nair's novel of the same name. The film had Prem Nazir and Sarada in the main roles.
In 2011, another film titled Asuravithu is being made in Malayalam but it has no connection with the original Asuravithu.
Young hero Asif Ali, who is riding high after the success of Salt N' Pepper and Violin, is paired opposite Samvritha Sunil in writer-director A K Sajan's Asuravithu.
Asif plays a character called Don Bosco. He is a soft- spoken youth, living in a seminary and all set to become a priest. Samvritha Sunil is Marty, a bold chatterbox who runs a boat service. She is also an expert in drawing sketches of suspects from the accounts of eyewitnesses, for the cops.
"Don Bosco comes across a certain event and that changes his life forever," says Sajan, who has earlier directed films like Stop Violence and Lanka. He is also the scenarist of films like Butterflies, Kashmeeram, Janathipathyam, Chinthamani Kolacase, Red Chillies and Drona 2010.
Asif Ali says that his character in Asuravithu has "various shades to it, which of course I can't reveal now. For an actor, that is a challenge."
"I have been offered bubbly characters especially after Manikya Kallu in which I played such a lively girl. Marty is one character that I really look forward to portraying," says Samvritha Sunil.
Asuravithu is being produced by Leela Creations. The camera is by Vishnu Narayan and the music directors are Alphonse Joseph and Rajesh Mohan.
The shooting of the film is going on in Kochi right now.