Even in the golden period of Malayalam cinema that the 1980s certainly was, ‘Uyarangalil’ stood tall. The thriller about a ruthlessly ambitious young man who is willing to kill was brilliantly written by M.T. Vasudevan Nair.
Directed by I.V. Sasi, the film had one of Mohanlal’s finest performances early in his career. Now, 29 years later, ‘Uyarangalil’ is being remade.
Joemon will direct the new version. “I have known Joemon for a long time and I have the confidence in him,” MT told The Hindu on Thursday. “He has been trying to make this film for quite some time, and he met me a couple of days ago with producer Vaishakh Rajan.”
The Kozhikode-based Joemon is of course feeling over the moon.
“I was delighted when MT and the producer signed the agreement,” says the director of films such as ‘Samrajyam’ and ‘Anaswaram’. “It happened on the day after MT’s birthday; so I would say this is his birthday gift to me and Malayalam cinema. I was an assistant director of I.V. Sasi during the making of ‘Uyarangalil’. I wanted to make it once again because I feel it has the potential to be told in a new way, for today’s audience.”
This is only the second MT script is being remade. The first was ‘Neelathamara’, which Lal Jose directed in 2009 (the original came in 1979, directed by Yusuf Ali Kechery). Lal Jose’s version was received well by the audience.
“The success of that film proved that MT’s tales are timeless,” says Joemon. “I am confident that my version of ‘Uyarangalil’ too would appeal to our film viewers. Its script is so strong and is refreshingly different from what we see today in our films.”
The shooting of ‘Uyarangalil’ will begin in October. “Yes, it will be a challenge to retell a classic,” he admits. “I will be finalising the cast soon.”
After Neelathamara , MT’s another script, Uyarangalil, is being remade.