Prithviraj's gangster flick Ranam directed by scribe Nirmal Sahadev is gearing up to hit screens soon. The film set in Detroit has Rahman appearing in a pivotal role as a Sri Lankan gangster named Damodar. The actor recently divulged in an interview that he was initially very skeptical about the role and was afraid to take it up as attempting a sudden image transition is risky for actors. However, he decided to give it a shot, armed with the confidence the team gave. "I am happy with Ranam and now, I am banking on the broadmindedness of Malayali audience,” said Rahman who is donning a character with dark shade for the first time in Mollywood.