Soft-porn movies make a comeback as remakes

The Dirty Picture

Soft porn movies, which hit the box office in Malayalam in the late seventies and eighties are making a comeback in the film industry here as remakes.

A host of old hits like I V Sasi directed 1978 film "Avalude Ravukal" (Her Nights), Antony Eastman's "Inaye Thedi" (in search of partner) in 1981 and late Sankaran Nair's 1975 film "Rasaleela" are some of the movies in the list.

The box office disappointment of big budget films and lack of novel stories, is forcing producers to reproduce old hits, which they believe, will woo the audiences afresh.

The remarkable success of the remake of 1978 "Rathinirvedam" last year by noted director T K Rajeev Kumar has been the trend setter in this direction.

The original version was directed by versatile Bharathan based on the script of noted writer-director Padmarajan. The film narrates the story of a teenager who falls in love with a woman older than him.

The film then turned out to be a big success and also received critical appreciation for the sensitive portrayal of the sensuous theme.

The success of Bollywood blockbuster "Dirty Picture", which saw Vidya Balan playing a role inspired by Silk Smitha, also seems to be an inspiration for this trend in Kerala.

G Suresh Kumar, producer of the new "Rathinirvedam", however denied that his film has brought back the "soft porn" culture to Malayalam.

"Rathinirvedam" is one of the classic movies in Malayalam, gifted by Bharathan-Padmarajan combination. Of course it has a bold theme. But that does not mean that it is a soft porn movie," said Suresh Kumar.

It was unfortunate that both Bhartahan and Padmarajan died prematurely, he said.

"I never ever intended to exploit sex in film. If it was so, I could have done that and earned more profit. While the old "Rathinirvedam" was an "A" certificate movie, my new versions received a "U/A" certification. Its beautiful songs and picturesque visualisation have won critical acclaim too," he said.

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