The Malayalam film audiences did get to witness some finely crafted movies in the 1990's. Films of those days were innovative. At the same time they didn't go overboard and remained as perfect family entertainers, as well.
One such film was Pavithram, directed by T K Rajeev Kumar. The film, which released in the year 1994, featured Mohanlal in the lead role.
In fact, the story line of the movie was a fresh one. It narrated the story of a brother and a sister who is much younger than him.
Mohanlal, played the lead role of Unnikrishnan in this film, scripted by P Balachandran. Apart from Mohanlal, the film also featured actors like Shobhana, Vinduja Menon, Thilakan, Sreevidya, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Innocent, KPAC Lalitha etc. in the lead roles.
What if this popular film is remade now with some minute changes? Who all can be considered as the apt replacements for the lead roles. In this week's Past To Present, we discuss about this interesting scenario.
Jayasurya As Unnikrishnan(Mohanlal)
Performance of Mohanlal in the film was beyond comparisons. It is still considered to be one of the finest performances of the actor. First of all, it is hard to consider any other actor in that role. But, from the present lot of actors, Jayasurya is the one and only person who could fit in to the shoes of this character. He has that skills to pull off this special character and he can undergo the transformations required for the character.
Nyla Usha As Meera(Shobhana)
Actress Shobhana had portrayed this role in the original version. Meera is a powerful female character, who is the love interest of Unnikrishnan. Actress Nyla Usha can be the best choice to play this role and the onscreen pair of Nyla Usha and Jayasurya would definitely look good.
Anupama Parameswaran As Meenakshi(Vinduja Menon)
Meenakshi is the life of this movie. It was Vinduja Menon who gave life to the character in the original. If remade now, Anupama Parameswaran will be the correct choice for the role of this character, who is the younger sister of Unnikrishnan.
Suraj Venjaramoodu As Dr Ramakrishnan(Sreenivasan)
Dr Ramakrishnan is the elder brother of Unnikrishnan. This character is a nicely authored one and it was Sreenivasan who portrayed the role on the screen. The character was a rather serious one and the actor performed exceptionally well. At present, Suraj Venjaramoodu is the perfect choice for this role and he can give a calm and composed performance as the helpless elder brother.
Siddique As Easwara Pillai(Thilakan)
Easwara Pillai is the father of Unnikrishnan. This character was portrayed by legendary actor Thilakan in the original. The screen space of this character is limited to the first half of the movie, but it definitely has immense scope of performance. At present, Siddique is the one and only actor who could bring in both the simplicity and the intensity, that the character requires.
Rohini As Devakiyamma(Sreevidya)
Sreevidya had done the role of Devakiyamma in the original. Devakiyamma is the mother of Unnikrishnan, the central character of the film. Actress Rohini will be the best option for this role, if the movie is remade now.
Well, Pavithram has a cult fan following. The film is one of the most aired movies on television channels. The movie is well-known for its innovative theme and brilliant performance of Mohanlal and the rest of the actors.