Kamal Haasan turned 65 on November 7 and his birthday was a grand affair. This birthday was additional particular for the actor because it additionally marked 60 years of Kamal Haasan in movies and October 2 this yr was Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th beginning anniversary.

As a part of the celebrations, a particular screening of the actor’s Hey Ram, which was directed by him, was organised in Chennai. After the screening, Kamal took half in an interactive session too.

Kamal Haasan revealed some anecdotes in regards to the making of Hey Ram, which was the centre of a number of controversies again in 2000. The movie follows the journey of Saket Ram, who tries to kill Mohandas Gandhi. Hey Ram relies on the partition of India and the results it had on individuals.

Kamal remarked that ‘discovering Gandhi was a private journey,’ and added, ” I am no one’s bhakt. There was a lot halo round him, so I wished to see the face behind it and I did discover it. After I noticed the pictures of Gandhi and Nehru speaking, I severely wished I used to be there.”

Hey Ram received three Nationwide Movie Awards and received essential acclaim in India and overseas. The movie’s much-talked-about music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Revealing extra in regards to the soundtrack, Kamal stated, “I initially approached one other younger individual and he even recorded the songs. Mani Ratnam had found Rahman and I wished to do one thing like that. Nonetheless, the composer I employed had variations of opinion over the wage. I used to be in a dilemma – whether or not I ought to put my foot down and provides in to his calls for, or if I ought to take a righteous route. So, I had gone to Raja (Ilaiyaraaja) sir. He was courteous sufficient to not ask me why I did not come to him. He requested me what the issue was and I stated that I had already spent a lot cash. He requested me what would I do in return if I decreased the expenditure on him. That is how Ilaiyaraaja got here on board.”

The movie was additionally talked about for its use of erotic imagery. When requested about it, Kamal stated, “There’s a element of eroticism in devotion too. If we take Kalidas’s poetry, there’s a skinny line between lust and devotion. Gunaa can also be like that. It is part of humanity. Actually, that’s the differentiation Gandhi and Saket had. Whereas Gandhi practised celibacy, Saket is the alternative. Within the movie, Gandhi may sleep in vivid lights, however Saket wished darkness. The distinction between the 2 characters existed all through the movie.”

When requested if he thought he would get into politics when he made Hey Ram, he stated, “In 2000, I did not have any concept about coming to politics. However, for those who watch the movie, you possibly can see I wished to. Politics is not a sport the place an individual is intelligent. It’s about doing one thing inimitable by lesser individuals. It is about being trustworthy.”

Hey Ram courted plenty of controversies due to the theme it handled. Addressing it, he stated, “I felt livid when Marudhanayagam did not occur. That anger made me headstrong and wished to work on Hey Ram. If I used to be not allowed to make one worldwide movie (Marudhanayagam), I’d make this movie (Hey Ram).”

Kamal Haasan concluded the session by saying that he was proud to have taken the dangers as a filmmaker. “Many say that Hey Ram got here forward of time. However, it ought to have come sooner than 2000,” he stated.

The interactive session was attended by Tushar Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He additionally performed a minor function in Hey Ram.

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