The Malayalam film, Drishyam
, was so popular that remakes of it in Telugu and Tamil are being planned. A thriller of sorts, this story of a video parlour owner, played to perfection by Mohanlal with Meena as his wife, Drishyam may have raised questions of ethics and morality, but who cared.
The masses in Kerala loved it, and one reason could have been the way the police, despite their unimaginable brutality, were fooled by the school dropout parlour guy.
In the Tamil version of Drishyam, whose principal photography will begin in the middle of July, Kamal Haasan
will step into Mohanlal’s part, and Haasan can be brilliant if he wants to. But what is more interesting is that Gauthami could be essaying Haasan’s screen wife.
Gauthami has had a roller-coaster life. At the age of 35, cancer struck her, but she fought that, and now lives with Haasan. Both do not believe in marriage. Both have had failed marriages. Kamal, in fact, has had two with Vani Ganapathy and Sarika.
Jethu Joseph, who will also helm the Tamil edition (he directed the Malyalam version), has said that Gauthami was keen on doing his movie, and this will mark her return to the big screen after 15 years.
Gauthami entered Tamil cinema in 1988 with the Rajinikanth-starrer, Guru Shishyan, although her first film was in Telugu, Dayamayudu. She had paired with Haasan earlier (notably in Thevar Magan and Aboorva Sagotharargal) and even with Mohanlal in Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar as well as Mammootty in Dhruvam.
Actor, filmmaker Kamal Haasan addresses media persons in Chennai. PTI Photo