Perumbadavam Sreedharan acts in screen adaptation of his novel; Zacharia pens script
Kottayam: A docufiction has been made out of the legendary novel 'Oru Sankeerthanam Pole' written by Perumbadavam Sreedharan featuring Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky and his lover Anna. Perumbadavam also played a role in the film adaptation titled 'In Return: Just a Book'. The screenplay of the movie was penned by writer Zacharia.
Earlier, Zacharia had written screenplay for John Abraham's 'Joseph Oru Purohithan' and Rajeev Nath's 'Janani'. He took up the role of a screen writer after a long time. The movie is not a complete adaptation of the novel. Zacharia wrote the script in a way portraying Perumbadavam Sreedharan as a witness to some incidents at St Petersburg in Russia.
The docufiction was ideated by Russian Cultural Centre director Ratheesh C Nair. The plan was to shoot a documentary at St Petersburg with Perumbadavam. Zacharia suggested that some of the characters from the novel should be included. With this, it became a docufiction.
Director Shiny Benjamin and team visualised the script excellently, Zacharia opined. Baby Mathew Somatheeram is the producer of the docufiction. Russian theatre artists Vladimir Postnikov and Oksana Karmishina played the roles of Dostoevsky and Anna.
Though Perumbadavam wrote the novel on the backdrop of St Petersburg, he visited the place only during the shooting of the film. Zacharia is already familiar with the place through travelling. The dialogues written by Zacharia was translated to Russian for the movie.
The crew said that they made the movie for the content and not aiming any profit. So, they released 'In Return: Just a Book' through all OTT platforms to ensure it reaches maximum number of people.