When Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam inadvertently predicted Osama-killing Operation Geronimo
Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2 starring Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar and Waheeda Rahman is slated to release on August 10.Updated: Aug 08, 2018 20:04 IST
Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam 2 is expected to be Independence Day weekend’s big release. In an interview with journalist Bharadwaj Rangan for Film Companion, Kamal confessed that he completed the script of Vishwaroopam in 2010 and and operation similar to Geronimo was a passing line in his script, but turned out to have bigger meaning when the US killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Incidentally, Vishwaroopam has a Muslim hero, which goes against the grain of modern portrayal of Muslims. When asked about the controversies that were caused by the Muslim community during the release of his first film, Kamal said, “That’s what shocked me. In 2006, this film would have been a tepid ordinary thriller, but as time grew and things happened, something unique happened to the film. I completed the script in 2010 or 2009, but when we gave it for permission, suddenly everything went quiet.”
He added, “We wanted to shoot in the summer, because it was easier and I also didn’t want to shoot in winter in New York. But we didn’t get permission. I submitted the script in February and was itching to begin shooting in May. Nothing happened. Later, something extraordinary happened in real life. ‘Gerenimo’. But I didn’t name it Geronimo. It was just a passing line, probably I thought, maybe they were wondering how the hell did he do that... Mr Obama himself announced the death of Bin Laden in my film.”
Kamal was happy that his research was quite close to what happened in real life. Kamal always wanted to make a genuine spy film because one of his uncles was an intelligence officer. He said, “I always wanted to depict it in its proper gut and gore reality and not about ‘shaken not stirred’ martinis. I wanted to go a little beyond in that, what you see in a Ludlum novel, (or) a Patterson novel that goes deeper into the terrain.”
Kamal also spoke about Waheeda Rahman, who plays an important role in the film, and revealed that he had initially approached Vyjanthimala for the role. “I wanted a double version thing (meaning an actor who was familiar to both Hindi and Tamil audiences) who could speak both the languages and are a yesteryear star. Vyjayanthi ji would have been the choice, but she said ‘I promised my husband I will not act in a film’,” he said.
“So that led me to Waheeda ji. Kagaz Ke Phool is my favourite film and I thought of the line, ‘Waqt ne kiya kya hasin sitam’ and then I asked her and she surprisingly said yes,” Kamal further added.
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