‘Bhramam’, the official Malayalam remake of the superhit Bollywood film ‘Andhadhun’, released on October 7 on Amazon Prime Video. The film starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Mamta Mohandas, Unni Mukundan, Rashi Khanna and Shankar Panicker is a shot-by-shot remake of the film. Prithviraj plays a pianist who pretends to be blind. He gets into trouble when he witnesses the homicide of a yesteryear actor.
The performances are way over-the-top
The film fails to impress even though it’s a scene-by-scene remake of ‘Andhadhun’. This is because Prithviraj and Mamta Mohandas deliver rather dramatic performances. Those who have watched the original will compare their performances with that of Ayushmann Khurrana and Tabu. Sadly Prithviraj and Mamta don’t come close.
Shankar is a great though
While the original has Anil Dhawan playing the yesteryear actor, ‘Bhramam’ has Shankar. As Uday Kumar, Shankar brings a great deal of nostalgia. The use of video and audio clips of his old films will make viewers of a certain vintage miss the actor. Shankar was perfectly cast and it’s a pity he has such a short role.
The score is pretty neat too
Jakes Bejoy’s music – both songs and the background score – is noteworthy. It does remind you of Amit Trivedi’s work in the original, especially the song ‘Muthiripoovo’, which sounds a lot like ‘Naina Da Kya Kasoor’.
Some things are lost in translation
While being faithful to the original, the makers seem to have forgotten geographical context. For instance, the funerary rituals shows in the film are alien to Kerala.
WATCH OR NOT
The movie is a decent watch only if you haven’t seen ‘Andhadhun’, Sriram Raghavan’s Hindi original.
Director: Ravi K. Chandran
Cast: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Mamta Mohandas, Unni Mukundan, Rashi Khanna, Shankar Panicker
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video