Actor Suresh Gopi will soon be seen in a never-before avatar in director Shibu Gangadharan’s next titled Rudra Simhasanam. The actor will play Rudrasimhan, a yogi from the Himalayas, in the movie scripted by writer Sunil Parameswaran.
Shibu Gangadharan, who debuted through Mammootty-starrer Praise the Lord, says the movie falls into the genre of a family thriller and traces the complications and conflicts that define lives.
“The movie is an adaptation of Sunil Parameswaran’s novel Raudrathalam. When Sunil discussed the story with me, I was convinced and determined to make it as a movie,” says the director.
However, Shibu says that unlike Sunil’s debut script for Anandabhadram, the movie has no explicit religious elements. “Though the title may sound like it, there is absolutely no religious connotation in the movie. In fact, it denounces superstition and practice of black magic. The plot is contemporary,” says Shibu.
Nikki Galrani will play the lead lady Haimavathy in the movie. “Haimavathy is a bold 20-year-old girl. She puts up a brave front before her enemies and never bows down to the hurdles that life throws before her,” says Shibu who tags the movie a female-centric one.
The female character is very significant and Nikki fits to bill. “I wanted someone young, who looked elegant. Nikki has already proven her mettle in various movies and I am confident that she will be perfect as Haimavathy,” says the director.
Besides, the movie will have a strong cast that includes Nedumudi Venu, Shajon and Sudhir Karamana.
“Every character has equal importance in the movie. Sudhir Karamana plays a sorcerer while Nedumudi Venu too plays a significant role. The actors will have distinct looks,” adds Shibu.
Shibu, however, adds that making a movie based on a popular book is in itself a huge challenge. “People who read the book will give their own personal interpretations and visuals in their mind and when it doesn’t gel with the one they see on screen, they tend to dislike it. But, that doesn’t mean that the movie is not a commendable work. This often spells doom for such films. This attitude, to an extend, did affect my debut film Praise the Lord,” says the director.
The movie is being made under the banner of Hemambika Golden Rays. Jithu Damodhar cranks the camera. Viswajith is the music composer and Jayasree Kishore pens the lyrics. The movie will be shot at Ottapalam from January 26.