In all the excitement these days over things like TIFF, Ek Tha Tiger, and Gangs of Wasseypur, it had completely slipped my mind that there was going to be a remake of Marykkundoru Kunjaadu, director Shafi's hit 2010 film that starred Dileep, Bhavana, and Biju Menon.
Marykkundoru Kunjaadu is a film that I rather like -- the whole cast is impeccable, and Dileep is very funny. Here, check out the trailer and see:
Dileep plays Soloman, nicknamed "Kunjaadu" ("lamb") because he's timid and always runs from a fight -- and he ends up the brunt of many beatings, especially from the brothers of his childhood sweetheart, Mary (Bhavana). Soloman is a bit of a layabout -- he fancies he might want to be a film director, but the only thing he's directed (a religious serial for television) has flopped, leaving the parish on the hook for the money used to fund it.
One day a mysterious stranger (Biju Menon) turns up in the village, and he's taken to be Soloman's brother, Jose, who left home many years before. Jose is big and brawny, and with him around, Soloman finds a little courage to stand up for himself.
There are many more twists and turns in the film -- there's a funny back story about how Soloman's mother was supposed to marry Mary's father (Innocent), but left him and married the church sextant when she found him fooling around on her. Mary's father carries a grudge, and vows that Soloman will never marry his daughter as a result. There's the mystery of the stolen church cross to be resolved. And there's Soloman, who needs to learn to step up to his responsibilities in life.
I'd say if there's anything wrong with the film, it's that Dileep is a smidge too old to be playing Soloman -- he's incredibly good, quite funny, but the role just felt like it should be for someone younger.
Now, I'm also always wary of remakes of Malayalam films -- they generally aren't a patch on the original. So it was with a little trepidation that I watched the trailer for Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal:
And you know what? It looks like Priyadarshan is sticking pretty close to the Malayalam original -- and even better, it looks like they've got the casting exactly right. I adore Shreyas Talpade, and I think he's the perfect age for the Soloman role, and he's got the comedy talent to pull it off.
I've got my fingers crossed that the film lives up to the trailer, and this is one remake I'm actually looking forward to seeing!