Young superstar Prithviraj on Tuesday defended the growing trend of ‘remakes’ in Malayalam cinema.
Talking to mediapersons here, the actor said he did not feel it was dearth of stories that was prompting film-makers to do remakes.
Prithviraj is himself starring in a remake of the 1989 Mohanlal hit Naduvazhikal and is also planning to redo his father Sukumaran’s critically acclaimed early 80s film ‘Vilkkanundu Swapnangal’.
“I am inspired by these films and want to redo them in a different way,” he said.
He added that he had always been fascinated by ‘Godfather’ penned by Mario Puzo and filmed by Francis Ford Coppola. “My father gave me the book and I have read it a dozen times,” he said.
“And who is not fascinated by that movie. Naduvazhikal is the Malayalam version of Godfather and that is why I wanted to remake it.”
Prithviraj added that his father’s performance in ‘Vilkanundu Swapnangal’ was one of his best and this prompted him to do that film again. “This is something deeply personal,” he said. “Perhaps you can even term it selfish.”
The young star said that his next film was Ranjith’s “Indian Rupee,’ a satirical look at how money changes the lives of youth.