Monday, April 04, 2005

Kamal Films Retrospective

Looks like the Indian Film Festival(IFF) in Malaysia, that happened over the weekend, had a retrospective of Kamal films. This short writeup on the actor in interesting even if it does not provide anything new. I liked the fact that unlike many articles written by non-Tamils, this one has gotten the facts right about his movies, their themes, etc. As always, Kamal's response to 'copying' Hollywood films is interesting. Looks like he's shifted away from the "My movies are original. I have not seen the movie(s) they are supposed to be copied from" response to a "The originals themselves are copies. So whats wrong if my movies have shades of them?" stand! The committee has also done a great of selecting 6 of his movies - Devar Magan, Virumaandi, Anbe Sivam, Mahanadhi, Aboorva Sagodharargal and Indian. They all showcase his incredible talent and versatility by encompassing a wide range of genres.

10 Comments:

At 1:50 PM, Anonymous ram said...

The six films they've selected are fine but what is a Kamal Hassan film list without "Nayagan?" I also think "Raja Paarvai" would've been interesting mainly coz it was made way back in 1981 and was produced by him in the hope that it would stand the test of time, which it has.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

'Nayagan' is my personal favorite too but I feel that it might not play well in an international festival cos of the obvious 'Godfather' influence. But 'Raajapaarvai' would've been a good choice...

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Gopi said...

Hmmm...most of the movies in that festival seem to be Tamil movies. There is one Telugu movie, one in Malayalam and none in Kannada. No, I am not sad or anything. Anyone think that Anbe Sivam might have been inspired by Planes, Trains and Automobiles?

 
At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out mumbai express audio at www.mohankumars.com. It simply rocks and puts chandramukhi audio to shame!!

 
At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out mumbai xpress audio at www.mohankumars.com. It just rocks!...well and truly shames chandramukhi's audio!

 
At 6:46 PM, Anonymous ram said...

balaji, true but arent International audiences used to 'adaptations' anyway?
gopi, yes Anbe Sivam's characters and structure were definitely inspired by Planes, Trains and Automobiles but what makes Anbe Sivam strikingly different is its theme which the title so aptly suggests. The concept of "GOD in US" was beautifully brought out thro' natural situations sans any sermons. Also marks one of Kamal's finest performances till date. "Chocolate Faced Hero" Maddy too came up with a wonderful portrayal of a well-written character.
A trivia question: Which other Kamal Hasan movie had characters named Anbarasu and NallaSivam??

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Sembe said...

A kamal retrospective without Nayagan is like eating Idli without sambar!!!!

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A better way to celebrate Kamal's retrospective would be to screen all the original Hollywood films from which he flicked

Godfather
Mrs.Doubtfire
What about Bob?
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
9 to 5
Very Bad Things
She-Devil

and the Spanish film from which he is about to flick

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Vijays said...

Ram - The answer to your trivia is 'Aboorva sagotharargal'. Delhi Ganesh played Francis Anbarasu and Nasser was Nallasivam, I think.

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

Wow... cool trivia question and impressive answer! I was racking my brains on that one!

 

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