Veteran producer Muktha V Srinivasan had sent a legal notice to Kamal Haasan for his article ‘Of course, Velu Nayakan doesn’t dance’ ( The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, October 21). Srinivasan was peeved about Kamal calling him an old school filmmaker in an article on 25 years of Nayakan.
He has hit back with a clarification (The Hindu, Sunday Magazine, October 28) where he says “To generate and invest Rs. 1 crore in a Tamil movie in 1986 and market and release it without any problem was a huge task. As a senior producer, I was always interested in seeing that the distributors who bought the movie made profits. I do not know why Kamal Haasan has chosen to talk about the film now. Calling a filmmaker as “old school” is, I think, outdated.”
Srinivasan also said that Kamal interfered with the making of Nayakan
and also copied from The Godfather
. Srinivasan clarified : “Had Kamal Haasan allowed Mani to make the movie originally conceived by him, it would have been his best movie. Mani would have come up with a better scene had Kamal not insisted on copying from The Godfather.
A good artist is one who gets inspired from a movie. The scene where Kamal Haasan cries on seeing the dead body of his son is copied from The Godfather
, and he imitates Marlon Brando. This scene was booed by the audience, because it never fit the character and lacked nativity.”
Muktha Srinivasan concludes by saying : “ I have nothing against Kamal Haasan taking credit for the success of Nayakan
. But not at my cost, please.”