Remembering the film on the anniversary of its release, the actor-lyricist wrote on social media, “One of the biggest twist in my life happened this day 8 years ago. Thanks to all my friends who supported and travelled with me so far. Thanks to my parents, Chettan and Edathyamma for supporting me. Thanks to you the audience for the support from the beginning itself. (sic)”
He also shared a message from actor-distributor-politician Udhayanidhi Stalin to the team from when the film was released, saying, “Collections and number of audience have increased since the first show. V positive reviews comin. (sic)”
Neram, featuring Nivin Pauly and Nazariya in the lead roles, was released in Malayalam and Tamil. Shabareesh had appeared in the Tamil film and had played the role of Nivin’s friend, done by Siju Wilson in Malayalam. Interestingly, Shabareesh had played the role of the protagonist opposite with Vijay Sethupathi as the antagonist, when Neram was first made as a short film in 2009. Shabareesh had also written the lyrics for the hit song Pistah in the film.
Several members of the Neram team had come together for Alphonse’s next film Premam, which proved a superhit. The 2015 ‘coming of age’ romance featured Nivin, and had Shabareesh and Krishna Sankar playing his friends. Again, the songs written by Shabareesh, including Aluva Puzhayude, Malare and Scene Contra were romantic and youth anthems of the time.