By K Sreedevi
Just when the Internet media in Tamil Nadu was coming to terms with the Tamil Film Producers Council decision to keep them off poojas, audio releases, premieres and press shows of Tamil movies, actor Kamal Hassan stepped in.
Understanding the power and reach of the medium, Kamal called the web media for an exclusive chat session just before the audio launch of his latest film, Unnai Pol Oruvan (UPO).
Calling the Internet as one of the main plane for the launch of his films, Kamal Hassan, hinted at a possible Internet release of his movies in future. The star answered queries regarding UPO and about his fifty years in Tamil Cinema. K Sreedevi recounts excerpts from the press conference:
A Wednesday is a completely Mumbai-centric film. How difficult was it to adapt it for the Tamil audience?
Terror and blasts are universal. They are not confined to any one state. I like to raise a warning alarm about a prevalent issue. Am not being a prophet, but I just want to caution people about the imminent danger.
I like to tell stories and if the audience is ready to hear it, I see no issue.
There was no difficulty in adapting the film. Even Ramayan was a very North-India centric epic. Did not Kamban manage to write it in Tamil?
I faced the general problem that anybody faces with a remake. We had to make certain commercial concessions, but only those that any masala movie warrants.
UPO has been touted as a quickie film? What is your take?
I don't believe in quickies. Whatever I do, it has to be done properly. There is no small or big film. It's only the budget of the film that is small or big. But the effort we put in any film is 100 per cent. Whatever was needed, we have done that. I have not compromised on any aspect.
How was your experience working with Mohan Lal in the movie?
Mohan Lal is a great actor and superstar. Unlike me, he is a very quiet person. One doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t even know when he comes in, when he memorises his dialogues and when he leaves. He is a very good actor. His quietness is his USP. I am always a bit tense and may be that is a quality that I need to learn from him.
What was it like to work with your daughter, Shruti Hassan, who is the music director of the movie?
There was absolutely no difficulty. It was a breeze. Since I knew her strengths and weakness, I had set my expectations in line with that. But actually, she definitely outshone all my expectations and acted very professionally. There were no disputes. She delivered what I asked her to, and there were minimal corrections even in this first attempt of hers.
How do you feel about having spent 50 years in cinema?
Grateful and humbled. I am very grateful to all my fans, producers and commercial vendors who let me stay in the field for so long. I love cinema and acting is just a part of it. So I don't think I will ever get bored with the medium.