‘Aadujeevitham’ is a dream come true for me, says Malayalam actor Gokul KR

In the movie, the young actor played the role of Hakeem and won the hearts of the audience with his brilliant performance.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 02, 2024 | 10:00 AMUpdatedApr 02, 2024 | 10:00 AM

Gokul plays the role of Hakeem in Aadujeevitham

Prithviraj Sukumaran-starrer Aadujeevitham (The Goat Life) has grossed over ₹65 crore in just four days of its release and inching towards the elite ₹100-crore club.

The Malayalam movie is based on “Aadujeevitham“, the best-selling novel penned by Benyamin. The novel is about Shukoor Najeeb, who visited Saudi Arabia in the 1990s in search of livelihood but ended up being a slave at a cattle farm owned by an Arab.

Aadujeevitham is about how he returned home after several years of enslavement.

The character of Hakeem, a friend of the protagonist Najeeb, plays a vital role in the story. Hakeem accompanies Najeeb to Saudi Arabia.

However, Benyamin recently revealed that even though the novel became a success, Hakeem’s whereabouts are still not known.

A dream come true: Gokul KR

In the film, Gokul KR played the role of Hakeem. He won the hearts of the audience with his subdued performance.

In a video released by team Aadujeevitham, Gokul said it was a dream come true for him to be part of the flick.

He was 18 years old when he joined the cast. The movie was shot for four years and he is 24 now.

“I became a part of Aadujeevitham in 2017. I sent my photos and got a casting call from the crew after two days. I gave my audition in Kochi,” he recalled.

During the audition, Gokul performed a sequence where he killed his mother.

“In another scene, I looked at Blessy sir’s face and said, ‘You are the reason’. Blessy sir was shocked by this and it was clear from his eyes. He told me that I was chosen for the role of Hakeem and would like to join the team. That’s how I became part of this beautiful journey of Aadujeevitham,” the young actor explained.

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On playing Hakeem

Drawing parallels between his life and that of Hakeem, Gokul said, “Like Hakeem, even I had few dreams and struggled to pursue them.”

The budding actor stated that he weighed 64 kilos earlier and reduced to 44 kilos to fit in the role. “It was a painful process. But I had to do it so I could do at least 10 percent justice to the character of Hakeem.”

Gokul said he tried to think of Hakeem’s struggles to emulate his mannerisms.

The Malayalam actor thanked the art and costume department for helping him get a proper look.

“Blessy sir used to appreciate me for my performance and rectify my mistakes during the shoot. Working with the team was an exciting experience. I hope I gave my best to the role,” he quipped.

Gokul revealed that Prithviraj Sukumaran and Jimmy Jean-Louis (who played the role of Qadri) did not wear any essential clothes nor did they cover their faces during the sandstorm scene in Aadevjeevitham.

He added that it was quite difficult to shoot in extreme weather conditions in the desert.

Aadevjeevitham stars Amala Paul as the female lead (Sainu).

Produced under the banner of Visual Romance, the movie features Jimmy Jean-Louis (Hollywood actor), KR Gokul, and famous Arab actors Talib Al Balushi and Rickabi.

The music was composed by AR Rahman and the audiography was handled by Resul Pookutty. Sunil KS was the cinematographer.

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