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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.

Also Read: Top 10 Kamal Haasan Movies To Watch Out

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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Harshvardhan Kapoor: No Interest In Forming Opinion About Anything

The treatment of the film is very different

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Harshvardhan Kapoor No Interest In Forming Opinion About Anything
Harshvardhan Kapoor No Interest In Forming Opinion About Anything, flickr

“I am someone who is very comfortable in my own world and I know it is not a good thing. I really do not take much interest in forming an opinion on anything political because I am not inclined to that,” Harshvardhan told IANS.

Having grown up in a family of film stars and producers like father Anil Kapoor, sister Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, uncles like Boney Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor as well as cousins like Arjun Kapoor and Mohit Marwah, Harshvardhan has seen success and failure of the entertainment business from close quarters.

Is that the reason why the end result of the film does not bother him much and he is rather focussed on the process of filmmaking?

Harshvardhan said: “No, that is not true… I do get hurt. When my debut film did not work for most of the people, I was upset but do we really know how to control the fate of a film?

Jacqueline Fernandez and Harshvardhan Kapoor
Jacqueline Fernandez and Harshvardhan Kapoor. flickr

“All we can do is put on hard work. In a year, only 10 films get huge success at the box office out of so many films releasing in India. And what is the definition of success?

“From childhood I have seen, there are films that are counted as most successful film and in two weeks, those films went off the people’s memories. On the other hand, there are films that didn’t work commercially, but people cherish them even today. So what really a successful film is?” questioned the young actor.

As for his “Bhavesh Joshi Superhero” — directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, he believes it has a quality of being relatable to the mass audience.

“The treatment of the film is very different. It is modern and cinematically rich. The inspiration of the core character may be drawn from the angry young man era of our Hindi cinema, but the feet are very much in today’s time.

“It is a realistic film and not a larger than life superhero film. I think the content of the film is quite accessible to the larger audience unlike my ‘Mirzya’,” Harshvardhan said.

The actor believes that the definition of the superhero is changing in Indian cinema where the story of common man is getting celebrated.

“It is the story of a young guy who was leading a regular life with a lot of complaint about the system that we all do, but we really do not do much about it.

“Then he finds himself in extraordinary circumstances and decided to make a choice… a very brave choice that a regular guy will not attempt to do. I think that’s what makes him a superhero.”

Mirziya, Harshvardhan Kapoor & Saiyami Kher
Mirziya, Harshvardhan Kapoor & Saiyami Kher. Flickr

For the film, Harshvardhan went by the script and the director’s vision.

Also, being a formally trained actor, Harshvardhan’s process of immersing himself in a character is a combination of method acting and personal life experiences.

“To bring a certain emotion in a scene, I do not look out for others’ examples, but my own life experiences. Of course, I cannot live life like that character in the film, but in my personal life, I must have experienced something similar.

“Another important thing we have to keep in mind is, in film shooting, we do not shoot the story as sequentially as the audience watch on screen. We might shoot the climax at the beginning of filming.

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“So when I am performing a scene, I try to understand what the story wants to achieve through the scene. I also use my sense memory.” (IANS)