Director Jeethu Joseph, who is riding high on the success of Mohanlal starrer Drishyam, today refuted reports that his script drew inspiration from any Japanese or Korean authors' books. "My movie is based on a thought, a situation narrated by a person during a meeting some 12 years ago. It has not been inspired by any Japanese or Korean authors," he told PTI.
Joseph said the person was explaining the problems of two
families and how they were at each others throats and he wanted to
be neutral and try to bring things around. "I caught hold of the
thought, situation and started thinking in terms of how this could
work in cinema and that is where the seed for Drishyam
germinated," he said. He was reacting to reports that the Malayalam
movie was reportedly inspired by Japanese author Keigo Higashino's
book 'The Devotion of Suspect X', the rights of which Ekta Kapoor
has acquired. Some industry people had reportedly asked Ekta's
creative team to watch 'Drishyam', pointing out that some elements
are similar to the Japanese author's book.
Jeethu said devotion to Suspect X has the story revolving around
two murders. "Have you read it?" There was another report that
Drishyam was based on Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, he said.
He is of the view that in any movie one can find some similarities
with themes in books or even films. "But that does not mean that
you have copied or been inspired by it." "Drishyam is a
murder cover up. The script is original, a work of three-six
months," he said.
The murder-thriller, released in December last, has turned out
to be a blockbuster and is fast approaching the 75-day mark in many
theatres. Besides Mohanlal, Meena, Siddique and Asha Sarath enact
key roles in the movie, revolving around the family of a cable TV
operator and how things go topsy-turvy when a murder occurs in the
house. Jeethu earlier had Mammootty in mind but as the star found
it difficult to give dates, decided on Mohanlal.