South star Prithviraj Sukumaran says his upcoming Malayalam crime thriller Bhramam is an “intelligent” adaptation of the Bollywood hit ‘Andhadhun’ starring Ayushmann Khurrana.

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“When one is attempting a remake, they need to acknowledge and respect the original. It is important that one remains faithful to the core of the film. From there, it is crucial to sit down and adapt it intelligently. It’s important, especially for a cult film like Andhadhun, that one presents an engaging viewing experience to somebody who has seen the original,” he told PTI.

‘Bhramam’ chronicles the dualities of a pianist named Ray, played by Prithviraj. The role was originally essayed by Ayushmann Khurrana in the 2018 film. The Malayalam film is helmed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K Chandran.

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The actor said he is assured that those who have not seen ‘Andhadhun’ will enjoy his upcoming crime thriller, but is keen to find out how the audience of the Sriram Raghavan-directed movie reacts to the Malayalam adaptation.

“As an original material, Andhadhun lends itself beautifully to the Malayalam milieu. Having said that, it still needs to have its own little quirks and surprises, which Brahmam has. For me, who has seen both, maybe I relate more to the Malayalam language, Bhramam is funnier, in fact, it is more wicked. That makes it an engaging watch,” he added.

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The 38-year-old actor said he had first heard about ‘Andhadhun’ while he was filming for his directorial debut ‘Lucifer’. Actor Vivek Oberoi, who starred in the 2019 Malayalam actioner Lucifer, not only recommended Prithviraj to watch the film but also suggested him to adapt it. 

The film also starred Tabu and Radhika Apte.