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Kamal’s message on Sujatha’s demise

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As expected, Kamal has sent out a press release paying homage to Sujatha. Here is the gist in English from The Hindu.

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Writer Sujatha is no more

Sujatha (alias Rangarajan), the multi-faceted writer who contributed to many a Kamal movie is no more.

Among all the writers Kamal worked with, Sujatha was right at the top. He began his friendship with Kamal long before Vikram and it continued till date, upto Dasavatharam. Sujatha worked closely with Kamal through the years. He is said to have even customized the script-writing software in Tamil for Kamal.

While we await Kamal’s message, here are a few more samples of their association:

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Dasavatharam: more delays?

Just while it seemed like we had frozen on the release date for Dasavatharam comes murmurs of more delays. The film’s release has been pushed out by a week to April 17. This is possibly due to some last-minute production issues.

The audio release meanwhile is in a state of flux due to an unfortunate and unexpected development, the demise of Jackie Chan’s father.

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Hridayaragam photos

Here are some photos from the Hridayaragam event, a day late.

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More photos are at Behindwoods.

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Social service in Chennai, wedding in Madurai

The Hridayaragam function happened on February 24, Sunday. Kamal was there and he mesmerised the audience with 2 songs — “Ninaivo oru paravai” from Sigappu Rojakkal and “Kiliye kili kili kiliye” from Rasaleela. Hope we get to see the video soon.

He also spoke in Malayalam at the musical event. However, it looks like they managed to collect only 75 lakhs, and not 100 lakhs as originally expected. Read reports from The Hindu, Sify.com, IndiaGlitz, KollywoodToday.com and OneIndia. IndiaGlitz carries a bevy of photos.

Earlier, Kamal attended the wedding of Professor Ku. Gnanasambandhan’s daughter, along with Gowthami. His participation was kept a secret, though it leaked out the previous night. This news was published, along with photos, in the Tamil daily, Dinamalar (the link for which is now outdated unfortunately). Kamal’s asssocation with the literary personality can be understood from earlier posts on this blog: Post 1 | Post 2.

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Kamal speaks to Times of India

Though not a full-blown interview, Kamal shares some thoughts presently in his mind to Times of India. The newspaper tries to sensationalize the piece by referring to his personal life and beliefs. Nevertheless, we’ll see what Kamal has to say, including doing a movie with Shruti.

“Marmayogi will be shot in Hindi as well,” Kamal says. “But I’m doing things at my own pace. I’m one of the few filmmakers in Chennai who takes every Sunday off.”

What would really excite him is a project with Shruti. “Of course, it would be interesting to work with my daughter. But it has to be an apt script. A great father-daughter story would be a perfect casting for us,” he says, hoping somebody will come up with such a script.

“…I am deeply hurt by what is happening around in the name of religion. I personally feel, whenever there is a crisis, God becomes a mere witness. I am happy with my decision,” he explains.

Read the whole piece.

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Dasavatharam: new still!

Two new stills of Dasavatharam are out today! Actually, they are two versions of the same pose. The first one, of course, has special effects. With this, the Sikh character is also confirmed.

Expecting a steady stream of stills to come out from here on.

[With input from Ananth]

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Dasavatharam audio launch nearing

As we count the days to the release of Dasavatharam, the audio launch is coming soon. As reported earlier, Jackie Chan and a host of Indian stars will illuminate the function. This news has been widely covered: The Hindu | Galatta.com | Nowrunning.com | AOL.in | Behindwoods. The trailer is also expected to be released alongside. While the date was earlier mentioned as March 10, it seems to have been shifted to March 14, according to Sify.com. This piece also talks about computer graphics being done in multiple locations.

Meanwhile, The Hindu carried a short interview with Devi Sriprasad who is handling the background score. He calls himself a “devotee of Kamal Haasan”!

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Nasser, Gautham on Kamal and his movies

Last week, The Hindu carried a couple of articles featuring Nasser and Gautham Menon.

Nasser talks about his first break, Nayakan and how Kamal contributed to his career. To quote him:

Kamal Haasan came as a godsend. He cast me in a variety of roles and here I am.

Read the whole piece.

Gautham talks about Nayakan and Thevar Magan. The former inspired him to become a director! Some excerpts from the article:

Yes, they did say that it was inspired by The Godfather, especially, the killing of the rival gang leaders when the funeral is taking place. I have seen The Godfather also, but I think this was a brilliant film in all departments.

When I went for the first day, first show and saw that the story and screenplay was by Kamal Haasan it was a surprise. It totally moved me the way it was made and put together.

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Some more functions

There are a few more functions which Kamal attended recently. One was the wedding reception of director Ahathian’s daughter. More photos like the one below can be found at Behindwoods and KollywoodToday.com. Almost needless to say, IndiaGlitz has photos and a video. In the video, Kamal seems overly embarrassed by the couple falling at his feet.

A few days earlier, Kamal also participated in the launch of fellow actor Napoleon’s Jeevan Technologies. While Chief Minister Karunanidhi inaugurated the facility, other participants included Sathyaraj. IndiaGlitz carries photos of the event. We may recall that Napoleon featured in Virumaandi and is also part of Dasavatharam.

[With input from Ananth]

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