In my era, artistes believed that cinema was one vision and not driven by studios: Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan, who is preparing for the release of his new film Vishwaroop 2, spoke about how he dons several hats (that of actor, a writer and producer) and which filmmakers have inspired him over the years.

bollywood Updated: Aug 07, 2018 17:17 IST
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
Kamal Haasan,Vishwaroop 2,Balachander
Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop 2 is a sequel to the 2013 movie Vishwaroop.

Tamil film icon Kamal Haasan, who started his acting career when he was just three years old, says he comes from an era when artistes believed that cinema was one vision and not driven by studios.

Kamal has donned many hats -- as an actor, a writer and producer -- for several films, including his forthcoming one titled Vishwaroop 2.

What makes him take up so many roles instead of sharing the responsibilities with others?

“I used to because when you want something done precisely as per your vision... I have learnt from all my masters, including my mentor with whom I was an understudy, Mr Balachander. He wrote, he directed and if given a chance, he could have been a fantastic actor but fortunately, he didn’t desire to do that.

“Otherwise, I would have lost out on 36 films with him. He (Balachander) could have played all those characters,” Kamal, who worked with the filmmaker in films like Manmatha Leelai and Ek Duuje Ke Liye, told IANS in an email interview.

The actor, also a politician, admires others as well.

“Even those whom I admired like (Charlie) Chaplin or (Alfred) Hitchcock or even Francois Truffaut, they all ended up acting, producing and did everything...including (acting) in other people’s films. Usually directors shy away from it. But Truffaut acted in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’.

“So for me, it (multi-tasking in films) is nothing new because my masters - be it Chaplin or Truffaut, all of them moved from one to another so easily. So, it seemed natural, and I come from an era when we believed that cinema was one vision and it was not driven by studios,” said the actor, now in his 60s.

Vishwaroop 2 is a sequel to the 2013 movie Vishwaroop.

Does he feel more pressure when he does sequels?

“No, but I thought of sequels long time back. So much before that people thought I was an eccentric and a dangerous person to deal with... in the sense... I wanted a sequel to Ek Duuje Ke Liye. He (Balachander) asked, ‘How do you make a film after Ek Duuje Ke Liye?” So I told my boss, my mentor, the story.

“He asked ‘How could you rise from the dead?’ and I replied ‘It’s been done before, the New Testament is all about it and finally Sir, you killed those lovers, you have the right to resurrect them’.”

And, they did make a film.

“But he didn’t want to call it Ek Duuje Ke Liye 2. So, we called it Punnagai Mannan in Tamil,” said Kamal.

Vishwaroop 2 will hit the screens on August 10. Its Hindi version will be presented by Rohit Shetty and the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment. It’s a bilingual shot in Tamil and Hindi, and also dubbed in Telugu.

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First Published: Aug 07, 2018 17:15 IST