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Vandanam, the 1989-released Mohanlal movie, still remains as one of the all-time favourite romantic thrillers of Malayalam movie lovers. The movie, which directed by Priyadarshan, depicted the love story of a police officer, and a criminal's daughter.
Mohanlal delivered one of the finest performances of his career in the movie, which marked the Malayalam movie debut of Girija Shettar. The climax of Vandanam has still been considered as one of most haunting climaxes in the history of Malayalam cinema.
Let's see who can all replace Mohanlal and others, if Vandanam is hypothetically being remade now....
Dulquer Salmaan As Unnikrishnan
Unnikrishnan is a young police inspector who falls in love with Gaadha, a convict's daughter. There is absolutely no replacement for Mohanlal, who delivered a fantastic performance in the movie. But, if the movie is hypothetically being remade now, Dulquer Salmaan will be the best choice for the role.
Nithya Menen As Gaadha
Nithya Menen's matured acting skills and cute looks makes her the best choice for the role of Gaadha, the daughter of a convict who gradually falls in love with a police inspector, without knowing who he is. Her crackling onscreen chemistry with Dulquer will be an absolute treat to watch.
Siddique As Prof. Kurian Fernandez
Siddique will be a perfect replacement for Nedumudi Venu for the role of Prof. Kurian Fernandez if Vandanam is remade now. The role of the loving professor who avenges his dear student's death, will be safe in his hands.
Soubin Shahir As Peter
Soubin Shahir, the young actor will be a great choice for the role of Peter, the flirtatious college friend cum colleague of Unnikrishnan. The role was brilliantly essayed by senior actor Mukesh in the original.
Aju Varghese As K.Purushothaman Nair
Aju Varghese will make a good choice for the role of Unni's irritating colleague K. Purushothaman Nair, who struggles with his Kannada communication skills. The role was originally played by the popular actor Jagadish.
Vandanam, which was an adaptation of Hollywood movie Stake Out, was penned by VR Gopalakrishnan. The movie had also featured several popular actors including Sukumari, MG Soman, Kaviyoor Ponnamma, Kunjan, Ganesh Kumar, Maniyanpilla Raji, Cochin Haneefa, etc., in the supporting roles.
Director Priyadarshan went on to cast Girija Shettar in the role of Gaadha, after watching her performance in Mani Ratnam's Geethanjali. Girija once again teamed up with Mohanlal and Priyadarshan after Vandanam, for a project titled Dhanushkodi, which was later shelved.
The songs of Vandanam, which were composed by Ouseppachan and penned by Shibu Chakravarthy, are still popular among the music lovers. Vandanam was later remade into Telugu under the title Nirnayam, with real-life couple Nagarjuna and Amala in the lead roles.