Kamal Haasan's Rasaleela remade
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N Sankaran Nair's 1975 Malayalam film Rasaleela with Kamal Haasan and Jayasudha was an erotic tale and a huge box office success in those days. Thirty-seven years later, the film is being remade with younger actors and will hit the screens this weekend.
Another release is actor turned filmmaker Madhupal's Ozhimuri, which he has directed four years after his award winning maiden venture, Thalappavu.
Here is a closer look at both films.
Director: Majeed Maranchery
Cast: Darshan, Prathishta
The original Rasaleela was made in 1975 by director N Sankaran Nair, with Kamal Haasan and Jayasudha. The remake of the movie, directed by Majeed Maranchery, has Darshan and Prathishta, playing the lead.
According to those behind the film, the new version is not a frame-to-frame remake.
Music has been the highlight of the earlier movie, with such hit numbers like Manakkale Thathe, Aayilyam padathe penne and Nishasurabhikal.
Rasaleela will mark the coming together of the next generation of talents -- Sanjay Chowdhary (son of composer Salil Chowdhary), Vayalar Sarath (son of lyricist Vayalar Rama Varma) and Vijay Yesudas (son of singer Dr.K J Yesudas).
Image: A scene from Rasaleela
Cast: Lal, Asif Ali, Bhavana, Swetha Menon, Mallika
Tamil writer and scenarist Jeyamohan makes his debut in Malayalam with the story of a certain group of people living in the Kanyakumari district, once part of Travancore and later added to Tamil Nadu. This had left the natives there in some kind of an identity crisis.
Lal plays Thanupillai, a not so friendly man who always kept to himself. He shares an uneasy relationship with his wife Meenakshi (Mallika) and son Sivanpillai (Asif). Bhavana plays a lawyer named Balamani.
Madhupal, who shot into fame as an actor with Kashmeeram, directed Thalappavu that won many accolades. It is after four years since his first film that he has come up with this sensitive tale, called Ozhimuri.
Image: A scene from Ozhimuri