“My phone number is 2255.” If you are a film buff, chances are that this dialogue from the trend setting 1986 Mohanlal movie ‘Rajavinte Makan’ is still echoing in your mind.
“Yes, I am a prince, an underworld prince. Rajakumaran, Rajavinte Makan,” fans used to yell with excitement whenever Vincent Gomez, the underworld don portrayed by Mohanlal in the movie, delivered this dialogue on the big screen.
The film elevated the great actor to superstardom. Now, fans across the state are eagerly waiting to greet Vincent Gomez once again! A remake of the film is all set to begin by mid 2010. The movie will have the same title. The film is planned keeping in mind the contemporary trends and style in film making. Thampi Kannanthanam, who directed the original movie, will call the shots once again. Dennis Joseph will rewrite and polish the dialogues he wrote 24 years ago for the new generation audience. The film will be produced by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Ashirwad Cinemas.
“I promise the new Rajavinte Makan will be gadget-friendly and the gizmos will not be overdone,” said Thampi Kannanthanam. “In 1986, Mohanlal was not a superstar while acting in the movie. Once it was released, Mohanlal’s stardom got an upward thrust. But, now Mohanlal is a superstar in Malayalam cinema. So the character, Vincent Gomez, will also have a new look, with new mannerisms and a new style. The biggest challenge is to present Vincent Gomez in the most appealing way to the new generation. Comparisons are bound to happen. But, that won’t deter me from making ‘Rajavinte Makan’ the way I want to,” added Thampi Kannanthanam.
“Malayalis take many of Vincent Gomez’s sharp dialogues by heart. So, we will not skip them in the new movie. But the situations will change,” said Kannanthanam. Suresh Gopi, who played second fiddle to Vincent Gomez in the original film, will be there in the new version too.
“Like Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi’s image has also changed. So, his character will also undergo some changes. We are now working on the rest of the cast and crew,” the director said.
Regarding retaining the same title, Thampi Kannanthanam said: “Actually the title we planned for the original movie in 1986 was ‘Maharajavinte Makan’, but later we changed it to ‘Rajavinte Makan.’ The remake also will have the same title,” he said, promising that the movie would be new experience to the audience.