If we take the list of best Malayalam movies that have come out based on friendship, then Siddique's Friends, which featured Jayaram, Mukesh and Sreenivasan in the lead roles, would definitely find a prominent place in it.
Friends, which hit the theatres in the year 1999, was a multi-starrer. Its lead heroes, Jayaram, Mukesh and Sreenivasan, were among the most bankable heroes of Mollywood those days.
The story of Friends, revolved around Aravindan (Jayaram), Chanthu(Mukesh) and Joy(Sreenivasan), who are thick friends since their childhood days. The film had loads of comedy and was high on emotional content as, well.
What if this movie is remade now? Some minor changes in the story and screenplay might be required, according to the change in times. If so, who all are the perfect Malayalam actors to replace Jayaram, Mukesh & Sreenivasan in such a remake? Continue reading this week's Past To Present to know more about this.
Nivin Pauly As Aravindan (Jayaram)
It was Jayaram who portrayed the role of Aravindan, the richest and the most flirtatious guy among the three friends. If a remake happens, Nivin Pauly can do complete justice to this role with his charm and entertaining act. Even the emotional sequences will be safe in the hands of this actor.
Tovino Thomas As Chanthu (Mukesh)
Chanthu is one such guy, who is a bit of an introvert. He is a sensitive guy and is of serious nature, among the three. It was Mukesh who did this role with effortless ease in the original and in case of a remake, this role will be safe in the hands of a talented actor like Tovino Thomas.
Soubin Shahir As Joy (Sreenivasan)
Well, Chakkachamparambil Joy is the most matured character among the three. At the same time, it is this character, which provides the maximum scope for comedy. Sreenivasan made this character a memorable one in the original and at present, it is Soubin Shahir who is a perfect fit for this role.
Nithya Menen As Padmini (Meena)
The character of Padmini, wife of Aravindan, plays a vital role in the film. It is a role with good scope for performances and Meena was the one who enacted the role in original. At present, Nithya Menen will be the perfect choice for this role and the pair of Nivin Pauly and Nithya Menen would be a refreshing one.
Prayaga Martin As Uma (Divya Unni)
Uma, is the sister of Aravindan and the love interest of Chanthu. If it was Divya Unni who portrayed this role in the original, Prayaga Martin would be the perfect choice for this role, in case a remake happens now.
Well, it would be really an entertaining ride, if such a remake happens with Nivin Pauly, Tovino Thomas and Soubin Shahir on board. The core theme of Friends would always remain relevant, despite the change in times and hence it is apt to think of a remake like this.