Thursday, August 02, 2007

Hey Ram - Extended Version

Regular readers know that Ram, a regular reader/commentor here on bbthots, met Kamalhassan briefly at a restaurant, when he went to India for his engagement. Ram is a huge fan(atic) of Kamal and meeting his idol, however briefly, was a dream come true for him. Ram is now again in India for his marriage and as the perfect wedding gift, met Kamal again, this time for an hour. Naturally, he was ecstatic.

Here are a few excerpts from Kamal's side of the conversation (as written by Ram):

"Devar Magan eduthathey late. If Raja Paarvai had done well, I would have made Devar Magan before 1984!"

"I hope I can grow as a director faster than I did as an actor. I really had to push boundaries in the 80s to grow as an actor."

"I am really happy for the guys who made Metro. But we did the same in AvaL Appadithan, just that it was not marketed properly."

"Nammavar oru dabba padam Sir. Ondra Varsham eduka andha padathula onnum ille."

"Rajni is not my competitor. Chaplin is."

"Anbe Sivam was not marketed properly. The film should have fetched me an award for writing and an award for acting."

"I will not blame the audiences. It is up to us to guide them. They are willing to be shepherded."

"After watching Hey! Ram, a friend of mine called me and said, "Sir, naange pongal saapadrom, chakra pongal saapadrom, neenge Rani Mukherjee-ya..." (then he started laughing!)


At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Ram, Congratulations.. first on the wedding.. hope it went off well. Secondly on meeting Kamal again. Nalla adhistam dhaan ungalukku.

Indha vaatiyum double jackpot-aa?.. You sure have all your stars lined up!..

Ensoy! :-) ;-)

At 11:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting post (even if one has heard him say the same things in the past). Thank you (and Ram)!

At least, Kamal finds Nammavar a "dabba padam"! (He has often expressed his regret in this matter.) In my books, it simply has no place in the league of the brilliant films he made during what I refer to as his golden period, but it's rated pretty highly among Kamal fan-circles.

At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last comment was mine.

At 12:14 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

zero, yeah have heard many of the things he said in other forums. but the metro/avaL appadithaan connection was new. r they really alike??

At 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he meant the similarity in spirit -- the reality of urban women, isolation, loneliness et al. Otherwise, there isn't much of similarity thematically or plot-wise.

At 1:08 AM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...

Ram, jackpot :)

did you talk anything at all abt Aboorva Sagodarargal, MMKR (my personal fav) and forthcoming Dasavatharam?

At 3:17 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

Where was the photo taken?

Ram, congratulations and congratulations!

Remember that scene in mmkr where the paati says - vayatha pathi kittu eriyuthu and she is sitting on the stove - my stomach smoking too!

At 4:10 AM, Blogger Rajesh Thiagarajan said...

Ram - From what I gather you seem to like Vasanth's movies too. Did you get a chance to meet him and if you did he offer anything w.r.t. satham podathey. Congratulations.

BB - Have you met any tamil film stars?


At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprising to hear some of the things he said..seems like he opens out a bit more in private. That Rani Mukherjee comment(or that Nammavar comment about which he is right) might not have been made on TV :-)
As for him expecting 2 awards for Anbe Sivam, that's Kamal's ego at work. But I am glad he talked about AvaL appadithaan, a movie that escapes most lists and discussions.

I wonder if Ram asked why Kamal has'nt done anything substantial in the last 3-4 yrs and continues to work with losers like KSR, Saran and the likes in light masalas. Is it part of recovering all the money back for Rajkamal? Also about Aalavandhaan, which probably put several people out of business

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really skeptic about Ram's Interview.. Why would Kamal agree to speak with Ram ?
Enna Ram Pondattiyoda pesaradhu vittutu Kamaloda pesariyeda.. :)

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

I like Rajni moer. So kamal fans please take this with a pinch of salt.

1. Kamal talks about ANbe Sivam - I won't give him an award for story - the flashback sucked. But definitely one for actor.

2. If he calls Nammavar as dabba padam, what will he call Aalavandhan, PKS, Panchathanthiram, Vasool Raja etc? They took equal time or comparable times....


At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ram - Congrats. Ennapa?? Every time india pogum bodum kamal sir kooda arattaiya? Lucky you....This time when i go to india am determined to meet rajini( do you hear me bb :)) Next time kolandai per vekka porappo kamal siroda meeting irukumey?

Metro wasnt technically or story wise as strong as aval 2 cents.

At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On another note bb...Deathy hallows was great..but the epilogue didnt satisfy me.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger oLi said...

With regards to Kamal,

Ram : oLi :: Fanatic : lunatic :)

I should probably first get to know Ram and then through him get an intro to Kamal.

Congrats Ram. And thanks Balaji -

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


All that was needed to make Anbe Sivam do well in BO was pinch of (luck, ... whatever u want to fill in, which rajini has loads of). It did not happen.

At 3:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Pls understand that what Balaji has posted is a monologue rather than dialogue. It looks more of reading in between lines. Kamal could have very well answered only the questions thrown at him such as Nammavar.


It would be nice if you could post the answers with the questions to make things clear.

At 5:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if kamal is such a great actor why cant he act his age in some movies and set the trend (this romancing with younger heroines read kamalini and the scenes in VV was not at all appealing) without running behind or with much younger women.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

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At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Indira,

Kamal doesn't romance heroines by running after them like young heroes do.( He acts according to his age) What he shows is a normal chemistry between husband and wife. Don't tell me there are no cases of wide age gap between husband and wife.

At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way are shreya and Nayantara 60 yr olds ;-} ? just wondering how the rule plays for actors. FYKI Superstar is older than Kamal

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Ram, Pattaiya kelappitinga ponga..

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Metro was really nice - very slick, sharp narration and a matter of fact way of dealing with the story, and characters were well etched. You should check it out, in addition to Cheeni Kum and Bheja Fry. All 3 films were very different and brilliantly put together.

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

munimma, he met kamal in the dubbing theater at avm studios.

rajesh, ram knows vasanth quite well and so i think he would've met him quite a bit more :)

no, havent met too many film stars :(

vijay, that comment about rani was new but i remember having seen the same comment about 'nammavar' in earlier interviews too...

vidhya, lets see how lucky u r :)

fiona, was just a conversation rather than an interview. so not sure if there were explicit questions and answers. i just posted what ram had sent to me in an email. hope he can elaborate :)

shwetha, was planning on watching 'cheeni kum' but not the other 2. hope i can find some time :)

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi bb
me bk to ur blog :)
just wanted to put in my 2pworth! nammavar isnt a dabba padam... i thot the dialogs bet G and K were realistic and funny...
infact ram hunted high and lo to send me a dvd of the same!

ram was lucky to meet kamal i guess cos he has found his 4leafed clover in real life!:)

At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ram u look better than Kamal :)

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb and co, sorry for the late response...yes, it was more of a chat than an interview...of course, i would ask him questions...he would answer those and then go off on a tangent...e.g. i asked him abt him usually following up classy ventures with commercial ones...apo i told him abt nammavar (diwali 94) and sathi leelavathi (pongal 95). but he started trashing nammavar!

At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone like's Rajini more... better don't leave your comment...


At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

on another note:( sorry BB)
ram,i happened to meet sethu madhavan sir who directed nammavar and told him abt how u got me the dvd...and he was so pleased some1 took SO much effort... he didnt realise how much u were nagged;)


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