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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

I can’t take risks all the time: Kamal Haasan

Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 16, 2013
First Published: 12:34 IST(16/7/2013) | Last Updated: 17:12 IST(18/7/2013)

Kamal Haasan is ready with some new scripts, which he claims are more viable all over India than his last film, Vishwaroopam. The actor-filmmaker had taken a huge risk with the film, even mortgaging his house to finance it. Now, he intends to make films in Tamil as well as Hindi. “We are ready with many scripts and are looking for the right kind of producers who can take the films up north. I can’t take risks all the time,” says Kamal.

Having realised the importance of marketing a film, in addition to appealing content, he says, “Now marketing is as crucial and difficult as film-making, if not more. I want someone who can do that properly, otherwise I can’t make those films.” Thankfully, the mortgage for the house has been paid off after the success of Vishwaroopam, but Kamal isn’t relaxing just yet. “I can’t say I’m a rich man now. Some people took advantage of the situation and made lots of money, and I’m glad about that,” he says.

Reportedly, his Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) co-star, Rati Agnihotri, is vying for the rights to remake the film with her son Tanuj Virwani. Although unaware of this, Kamal says that he has no issues with the remake, but he wouldn’t want to star in it. “We did try making a sequel, but it never came to north India. Now I’m old and can’t play the role again,” he says. “K Balachander (director), who is my mentor, didn’t want to tamper with the original, but I thought of a sequel. We made it in Tamil, but it never got made in Hindi. Now, it’s too late.”

 

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