Kamal Haasan has been in town to promote his upcoming film, Vishwaroopam II. With less than one week to go for the release, the tension was almost palpable when we met the actor for an interview. Juggling media interactions with meetings for his political party, Kamal seems to be doing his best to get the balancing act right. Considering his political ambitions, it seems rather incongruous that he is also still making films, but then Vishwaroopam was always planned to have more parts and the second film had gone on the floors even while the first one was still in post-production.
Ask Kamal about this and he says,” The audience’s attention span has reduced considerably. Certain stories demand that they be told over more films than just one. Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola) is a forerunner of this. He took a grand vision like The Godfather by Mario Puzo…they sat with it and no matter how much they culled it, they still had stories left to tell. So, the decision to make Godfather part 2 was made even while they were making the first part and three was also on the anvil. And the man, who was working with Coppola – Barrie Osborne – finally used the same technique for Lord of the Rings. There have been many such instances. These are all inspirations for us. And it is a story that needs to be continuously told.” (Also read: Exclusive! Kamal Haasan: My life is dedicated to politics now)
Point out to him that even Baahubali was made as a two-part series of films and Kamal has a smile on his face. So, is he anticipating that Vishwaroopam II will also be just as successful? “It is already happening. We started making the second part even before Baahubali. The only strategy we had was to make a great film because the box office favours a great film. Now, we will have to see whether it is as great as I think,” he states.
He plays a RAW officer in the film and that mustn’t have been easy but when was Kamal ever known for taking the easy way out. “See, what makes a film interesting, especially a murder mystery or a horror mystery, is the research that goes into it. As an actor it became very easy when the research was done. I was also the screenwriter so I automatically crafted the film around what I could do, keeping my limitations in mind, meanwhile also ensuring that it remains entertaining. In fact the research I did was so good that many things that I had foretold in the script actually happened in real life too…not that I am Nostradamus but I had predicted the death of Bin Laden (Osama Bin Laden). I had written the script before his death. That’s how extensive my research had been; it was so close to the truth, it surprised even me. Research can help you predict the future and even prevent it from happening,” reveals the actor.
When we ask him about how did Rohit Shetty come on-board as the presenter, and the actor clarifies, “He liked the film and probably it excited him. And he personally has a very good rapport with me.”
When on the topic of Rohit, it is impossible to not ask him as to when will he be returning to Bollywood. Assuring his fans, Kamal says, “It is happening. Indian 2 is in the pipeline. Prep work is going on.” (Also read: Ajay Devgn to make his Tamil debut with Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2?)
The actor has been promoting his film extensively, trying to reach maximum people and in his quest to do this, he has visited most popular TV shows too. He was recently on the sets of Salman Khan‘s Dus Ka Dum. Speaking about the experience of interacting with Salman, who he also shares the role of being the host of Bigg Boss with, Kamal said, “He has always been a kind soul and he is nice to me…it is kind of a reciprocal thing. It’s a mutual admiration society!”
While on the topic of mutual admiration, we also ask him as to how did he like his colleague, Sridevi’s daughter, Janhvi Kapoor‘s debut film, Dhadak. The actor seems apologetic as he says, “I am yet to watch it. I have been running around as my party (Makkal Needhi Maiam) is only four-and-a-half months old.” Which is when we tell him that during one of her interviews, when Janhvi was asked if she would be a part of Sadma remake, she had said she would love to and in fact, she would want to attempt Kamal’s role instead of her mother’s. A seemingly proud Kamal beams, “It’s ambitious and she should.” There you go, Janhvi! You have Kamal Haasan’s blessings.