Bhramam Movie Review: Prithviraj Sukumaran and Mamta Mohandas’ Remake is a Needless But Faithful Adaptation of AndhaDhun

by Entertainment | 07-10-2021 | 224 views

Ray Mathews (Prithviraj Sukumaran) is a pretentious blind pianist in Bhramam, who after having lost an opportunity to teach music at a school to a blind candidate, decides to pursue his career in music by playing the sympathy card as a visionless musician. However, things take a turn for the worse when he accidentally gets thrown into a famous yesteryear celebrity's home and unwittingly bears witness to, what he thinks, is his murder. Needless to say, his life turns upside down.

The biggest drawback for the Malayalam remake of Ayushmann Khurrana's Andhadhun, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead role is that one obviously draws in parallels to the original, and this is where the film falters. The makers have kept the plotline mostly same, with minor changes -- Ray is an opportunist, while Akash was experimental -- and this results in a lack of shock factor, which the original had.

The audience goes in watching the movie (and I am going out on a limb saying most would have watched the original, given the attention it got) knowing what to expect and the makers have done nothing in trying to change that, following trope after trope, till it seems like a recap in an alternate language.

Prithviraj Sukumaran as Ray is good, but lacks the honesty and conviction Ayushmann brought to the screen, along with a sense of vulnerability that his character essayed on screen. However, the greatest drawback is Mamta Mohandas as Simi, Uday (the yesteryear celebrity)'s wife. She lacks the depth and complexity Tabu brought to the original. While Tabu’s Simi oozed a certain calm complexity on screen, Mamta seems to be trying hard to achieve a similar intricacy in her portrayal. Unni Mukundan as SI Dinesh, Simi's lover and accomplice too lacks the conviction Manav Vij brought to Andhadhun.

The problem with Bhramam is that no character is actually given their time to shine, and the plot seems extremely meshed up. The film lacks a sense of flow that the original had, and does not really do justice to the characters in it. The film could have greatly benefited had it not been a replica and instead, after having taken the basic premise added its own twist to it.

Andhadhun released in 2018 to great reviews, prompting makers of different regional languages to announce remakes, and while Bhramam has released three years later, the novelty of the original looms too large over the re-creation for it to actually leave a mark.

Bhramam is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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