Both the films center around a blind man. Copy or what? Read on to find out...
Director Priyadarshan is all set to come back with his next — Malayalam film Oppam (Together) — starring Mohanlal. Releasing in September the revenge drama is about a blind elevator operator who witnesses a murder but if he doesn’t prove who's the killer, he will be accused of the crime. Hrithik Roshan is also playing a blind character in Sanjay Gupta’s Kaabil, who seeks vengeance for the death of his wife.
However, Priyadarshan dismisses any similarity between the two films, “I don’t think it’s true. Oppam was initially a short story written by Govind Vijayan, which Mohanlal asked me to develop into a film. I have written the story and screenplay. The thrilling part is that the protagonist has the killer next to him all the time watching his every move. It’s a cat and mouse game between the hero and villain.” The film will release during the Onam festival this year. Priyan’s last film released in 2014. “Yes, I am directing a film after two years. It took a long time as I was facing a lot of personal problems during that time but now I am at peace. When your personal life gets rough, it disturbs your creativity. Work is a pleasure. I have made 90 films so hopefully I will hit a century soon.”
Priyadarshan wants to do a remake of Oppam in Hindi but after he completes directing his next, which is being produced by Rohit Shetty. He says, “I want to make Oppam in Hindi but I am discussing another film with Akshay Kumar. It’s the best script that I have written and is a hilarious comedy — a complete family entertainer. If I make Oppam in Hindi, I will have to rewrite the script to suit the tastes of the Hindi audience. It doesn’t have a romantic track so I have to make those kind of adjustments. Right now, I am waiting for Akshay’s nod. I have always been lucky with Akshay so if he permits I will start that film first. He has liked the story line I have given him. He has never asked me what are you making? I just narrate it to him. My relationship with Akshay and Mohanlal is based on trust. They both say they don’t want to hear my script but will see it while shooting. That’s the kind of trust they both have in me. It becomes a big responsibility for me to prove their faith in me is right.”
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