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Chennai: After Bollywood it is southern film industry's turn to look towards Hollywood for stories, the latest being Anoop Menon starrer ‘Cocktail,' which is loosely inspired by Pierce Brosnan-starrer ‘Butterfly on a Wheel.'
While Brosnan's film was a box office disappointment, the Malayalam movie had done well commercially.
“That is the greatest irony,” Anoop, who also wrote the script said.
With the exception of three main characters around which the English version revolves, none of the other characters are there in the original. A lot of additional characters have been fitted in and the script worked to suit the Malayali taste, he said.
The film deals with extra-marital affairs and moral ambiguities of the lead characters.
“We don't like hard truths and do not like reality being played out on the big screen. There is so much of hypocrisy. But the success has proved that the Malayali audience is prepared to accept such themes,” he said.
Doing the script was easy. It was done in four-five days, but the challenge was in the film-making process... “to find a producer, the actors…,” Anoop said.
The movie is directed by debutant Arun Kumar, who has edited 18 films of well-known director Priyadarshan.
This is his first big hit in which Anoop has played a major role as an actor, a far cry from when he made his bow in 2002 with the Vinayan-directed ‘Kattuchembakam' which flopped.
“I had nothing to lose. It made me stronger. I realised how hard it is to make it big in the industry. It was a learning experience,” he said. This is a bigger hit than ‘Thirakkatha,' he said.
Anoop has also ventured into Bollywood writing the script and acting as well in the Sanjay Suri-starrer ‘Anubhav.' “I wrote the script in English and it was translated to Hindi,” he said. But the movie did not click. – PTI
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