Yesteryears Malayalam films were affluent in their scripts, relevant to social and cultural life of that time. Compared to the other film industries in India, Mollywood always hesitated to remake those classics. Now ace director Lal Jose is creating history by making Neelathamara (The Blue Lotus), one of the beautiful movies ever in Malayalam cinema, bloom again. It should be noteworthy that the movie is coming back after 30 years of its release in a new style and with a new cast. In 1979, the original movie directed by Yousafali Kecheri was penned by legendary writer M.T Vasudevan Nair. Now MT has made some periodical modifications in the story keeping in mind today’s audiences.
Neelathaamara is a story of two generations. Kunjimalu, a 16 year old village girl is an naive servant of Kizhakepattu house, a well known ancestral home. The movie blurts out the romance nestled in her heart for the land lord`s son Haridas. Haridas is a rough and tough guy who has returned home after his higher studies. Kunjimalu had heard a lot about Haridas from his mother so she keeps that respect and keeps away, even trying to hide from Hari`s eye sight. But she cannot continue that for long and slowly a romance blossoms between Kunjimalu and Haridas.
Most of the cast are newcomers, including Archana Kavi who portrays the role of Kunjimalu played by Ambika in the original version and Kamlesh who will step into the role played by Ravikumar. Suresh Nair, another debutant, will be seen as Appukkuttan, the character that Sattar did in the original. Also in the cast are Samvrutha Sunil, Reema Kallingal and Sreedevi Unni. G.Suresh Kumar is producing the film, under the banner of Revathi Kalamandhir. Vijay Ulaknath will wield the camera. Music is scored by Vidya Sagar for Vayalar Shartchandra Varma`s lyrics. The movie is slated for release in October.