Director Blessy's upcoming Malayalam film "Aadu Jeevitham" is one of the much-awaited Malayalam films as writer Benyamin's novel of the same name is still a bestseller in Kerala.

Earlier, there were reports that Tamil superstar Vikram will make a comeback to Malayalam film industry through this film; however, the actor has been replaced by Prithviraj Sukumaran, who is basking in the success of three back-to-back releases -- "Ennu Ninte Moideen", "Amar Akbar Anthony" and "Anarkali".

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In a recent interview, Blessy said that Vikram was very keen to be part of the project, but dropped the plan as the plot demands the main character, Najeeb, to look thin and weak. Vikram, who underwent tremendous makeover for his blockbuster hit "I" is now advised not to shed weight beyond a point.

The director also said that Vikram couldn't act in "Aadu Jeevitham" when he shed his weight for "I" as the upcoming film was just under pre-production stage. 

"Aadu Jeevitham" tells how an abused migrant worker survived in a desert in Saudi Arabia.

The film will be produced by businessman KG Abraham under the banner of KG Films Company. The project is expected to go on floors in January 2016 and will only be wrapped up by 2018. It will be released as a 3D project in multiple languages.