No. 20 Madras Mail, was one of the very few multi-starrers, released in the 1990's. The film had the two towering personalities of Mollywood, Mammootty and Mohanlal, sharing the screen space.
The film, which released in the year 1990, was directed by master craftsman Joshiy. No.20 Madras Mail, won positive reviews and is still praised for the engaging elements in the film. Apart from the Big M's, the film also featured actors like Jagadish, Maniyanpilla Raju, Soman, Jayabharathi, Innocent, Asokan, Suchithra etc.,in important roles.
Have you ever thought, who can replace the roles done by these actors, if the film is being remade now? In our special column, 'Past To Present', we list the actors whocan play the lead roles of the film, if No.20 Madras Mail is made now. Take a look.
Dulquer Salmaan As Tony Kurishingal
Well, it is pretty difficult to find a replacement for Mohanlal. He was in top form as Tony Kurishingal and the role features among one of his best. In the present generation, the actor who could be considered to do the role of Tony Kurishingal is none other than Dulquer Salmaan. He has that energy to portray this iconic character, which he showed us with his performance in Charlie.
Prithviraj As The Superstar
Mammootty appeared as himself in the movie. At present, Prithviraj would be the right choice to reprise this character. Moreover, think about the combination scenes featuring Dulquer Salmaan and Prithviraj, exciting isn't it?
Vinay Forrt As Sunil/Suresh
Asokan had played a character named Sunil, who is the lover of Devi. Vinay Forrt, with his decent looks is the best possible option to play the role of this well-mannered guy in this film.
Namitha Pramod As Devi
Yesteryear actress Suchitra portrayed the role of Devi in the film. Devi just appears in the first half of the film, but the story of the movie revolves around her. From the present generation actresses, Namitha Pramod would bean apt choice to do this role.
Soubin Shahir As Hitchcock Kanjikkuzhi
Hitchcock Kanjikuzhi, portrayed by Maniyanpilla Raju in the film, adds the required humour element in the first half of the film. Actor Soubin Shahir with his witty numbers would fit in perfectly to this character, who is a self-proclaimed writer.
Aju Varghese As Kumbalam Hari
Kumbalam Hari, played by Jagadish is one such character, which despite being funny, is a bit matured one. Aju Varghese with years of experience under his sleeves would be the perfect choice to play Kumbalam Hari. The combo of Dulquer Salmaan, Soubin Shair and Aju Varghese, is sure to entertain the audiences.
Renji Panicker As R K Nair
In the original version, actor M G Soman played the role of R K Nair, the stepfather of Devi. The character that appears to be a positive one initially, takes a turn in the second half. From the present lot of character actors, Renji Panicker would be the best choice, which would help to maintain that necessary suspense element.
Innocent As Nadar
Innocent is still at his witty best and age is not a barrier for the character of Nadar, in this film. Having said that, we feel that he is still the best to portray this character, which has some witty one-liners in the movie.
Well, Tony Kurishangal, the character played by Mohanlal in the film is one of the most celebrated ones. The combination scenes of Mammootty and Mohanlal in the film, are still the favourites of Malayalam film audiences.
No. 20 Madras Mail was also much praised for its making style. Joshiy crafted the product so well that, even the train sequences in the film looked convincing.