Many actors weighed in on the north versus south cinema debate. While Kangana Ranaut feels that South Indian films work better because they are “deeply rooted in their culture”, Akshay Kumar said he doesn’t like it when people make this distinction between north and south cinema. For him, it’s one film industry. Now, it’s a superstar Kamal Haasan who shared his two cents on the matter.
“I’m an Indian, what are you?” For me, the Taj Mahal is mine and the Madurai temple is yours. Kanyakumari is as much yours as Kashmir is mine, “Haasan said, advertising his upcoming film. Vikram Hitlist in the national capital.
Written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, Vikram Hitlist is a multi-star battle drama. In addition to Kamal Haasan, the film also stars Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles. Actor Suriya has a key cameo in the movie. Although the title of the film is borrowed from the 1986 activist Haasan Vikram, the two films have nothing in common. But the title does have a nostalgic factor for the superstar.
Throwing light on the title of the film, Kamal Haasan shared with indianexpress.com, “There is a lot of nostalgia for me here because many years ago when I told this story idea, late Mr. Sujatha liked it, but the director was skeptical and afraid of the modernity of the subject. But I really liked that story, and in my mind, it was called Hitlist. “
“So while we were talking about the new movie, I asked the director what my favorite movie was, and he said Vikram and Sathyaa. I asked him what you would like to call your movie and he said he would like to call it ‘Vikram’. So, it was called Vikram Hitlist, “Haasan shared. The actor also revealed that although director Lokesh Kanagaraj brought his own story to him, he was convinced with the story Haasan told. Kanagaraj told Haasan,” I will stick with your story and will make this movie. “
After the film was completed, Kamal Haasan was strongly impressed with Lokesh Kanagaraj’s style of film production. The actor said, “He (Lokesh) took something for himself, and it was extraordinary. It’s all his talent.”
Several times, the 67-year-old actor named his 232nd film Vikram Hitlist an all-Indian film. But for him, all-Indian films are not an issue today. He said, “Pan-Indian films have always been there. V Shantaram ji made all-Indian films. Padosan is an all-Indian film. What do you call Mughal-E-Azam? It is an all-Indian film for me. So, it is “Nothing new. Our country is unique. Unlike the United States, we speak different languages, and we are united. This is the beauty of this country, and we will always make films about all-Indians.”
Advertising the film, Haasan discussed many things but refused to talk about his character. The actor only teased his fans by telling them that he was playing the title role in the film. However, Haasan shared how much he enjoyed making the film with his co-stars Fahad Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi. He described his experience working with them as “a good meal that is best shared”. The actor added, “My guru K Balachander told me how to enjoy sharing screen space and not stealing the show. So, I really enjoyed working with both of them. Both were my admirers, so it made me feel happy.”
Vikram Hitlist’s trailer is packed with some amazing action sequences with Kamal Haasan. Although acting in his films is nothing new to him, Haasan, who has had many accidents while filming action sequences, shared how it is safer to do stunts now with advanced technology and good technicians behind the camera.
“Dangers are reduced. Previously I literally had to jump from one car to another as they moved. Now you don’t have to do that. Now, there are some very good techniques that make you come out of the action scene unscathed. I broke my nose many times earlier while filming action scenes, and I fell on my face. So many things went wrong. I have 36 fractures in my body, and most of them came from movies. But now I enjoy safe film production, ”Haasan told reporters.
Kamal Haasan’s Vikram Hitlist hits screens on June 3.