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“Cinema Was One Vision And Not Driven By Studios In My Age”, says Kamal Hassan

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

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In 2009, Kamal Haasan reached a new feat of only a few actors in India to have completed 50 years working in cinema. Wikimedia Commons
In 2009, Kamal Haasan reached a new feat of only a few actors in India to have completed 50 years working in cinema. Wikimedia Commons
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Tamil film icon Kamal Haasan, who started his acting career when he was just three years old, says he comes from an era when artists 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’.

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

“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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MN+ has associated with “Vishwaroop 2” for season three of ‘Pathbreakers’, a specially curated property showcasing Hollywood movies that redefined cinema till date. (IANS)

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End of 2018 Will See At least 5 LED Cinema Screens By Samsung

The screen offers "Onyx" surround sound from JBL by Harman International and Samsung's Audio Lab.

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Samsung India is looking to install about five of its 4K Onyx Cinema LED displays at movie theatres across the country by the end of 2018, a senior company executive has said.

The South Korean tech giant introduced the LED display for large screens in collaboration with the multiplex theatre major PVR Cinemas in India on Monday.

“This is our first installation and we are trying to go further and install many more screens in the country. Roughly 5-7 installations (in India) is what we are looking at before we exit 2018,” Puneet Sethi, Vice President, Consumer Electronics Enterprise Business, Samsung India, told IANS.

IANS had first reported in May that PVR Cinemas will be among the first multiplex chains to install Onyx Cinema LED in the country and that the LED screen would be deployed at PVR multiplexes in Delhi and Mumbai.

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Regal Cinema in New Delhi, the oldest single-screen theatre will down its operation. Wikimedia Commons

“To begin within India, we are concentrating only on Delhi and Mumbai. As we get into the first quarter of 2019, we will also focus on other metro cities such as Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad,” Sethi said.

“We are in discussion with other leading multiplex chains as well,” Sethi added.

The technology was originally introduced by Samsung in 2017 and it deployed the first screen in Korea.

PVR Cinemas said it would install the 4K Onyx Cinema LED screen in Mumbai by the end of 2018.

“This financial year we are looking at one more installation, which will be in Lower Parel, Mumbai,” said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.

The installation of one LED screen roughly requires 8-10 weeks.

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The technology was originally introduced by Samsung in 2017 and it deployed the first screen in Korea.

“Based on the response of viewers in these two cities, we would decide about further installations in 2019,” Bijli added.

With this new technology, currently available only in a few countries around the world, enthusiasts can watch movies with better picture quality, true colours, and greater vibrancy and accuracy, Samsung India claimed.

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The LED display comes with comprehensive solutions such as “Onyx View”, “Onyx 3D” and “Onyx Sound”. The screen delivers HDR (High Dynamic Range) to the cinema, showcasing on-screen contents at peak brightness level, nearly 10 times greater than that offered by the standard cinema projectors.

The screen offers “Onyx” surround sound from JBL by Harman International and Samsung’s Audio Lab. (IANS)