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Rajini is a Phenomenon! – Kamal Hassan
(Tuesday, 11th November 2008)
Here are some excerpts of Kamal Hassan’s interview to a movie portal owned by a North Indian Newspaper some time ago in which Kamal says his views on the ‘One and only’ superstar of India. We hope some of the fans have already seen this in some other portals too.

Now Kamal speaks…

How many films have you actually done with your ‘onscreen arch rival’ Rajinikanth?

I think…10, most of them were super hits, though we did have failures. We’ve done three films for our mentor K. Balachander. What’s more, I’ve done guest roles in Rajini’s films. I’d do anything he asks me to, no question of refusing him. And please correct your question some thing about our onscreen rivalry... Rajini is always my close friend.

Do the two of you have mutually exclusive fan clubs?

The war between the two fan clubs stopped only about few years ago. We both told them to stop after there were stray incidents of violence on both sides. Considering fans have killed each other for our distinguished predecessors MGR and Shivaji Ganesan our fans would be considered pacifists (laughs). I went ahead and set a new precedent. I turned my fan club into a social service organization.

There’s a marked element of Shivaji Ganesan in your performance as there’s MGR in Rajnikanth?

In fact we both incorporate elements of both the towering personalities. I’ve done what you’d call MGR kind of films. Shivaji Saab felt squeamish about doing out-and-out masala films. Rajni too has changed his image to play the Shivaji kind of roles. In one film he played a character that age from 6 to 60. That way we’ve crisscrossed paths on screen.

What do you think about Rajnikanth as an actor?

When we were still in our 20s I asked him why he has to be so stylish on screen. He told me that’s the secret of his future success. I assured him my style would also be a winner. He turned around to say, ‘Fair enough man. You do your thing and I’ll do my own.’ Rajni is a phenomenon too!

You mean phenomenon no. 2?

No… seriously, both of us were young actors who started from scratch. He was the bus conductor with acting aspirations. I was the clapper boy who got the clap in my very film (Kamal Hassan played a character with venereal disease in his first adult role). We didn’t have fathers to make movies for us. But we had the same godfather K.Balachander. It’s quite strange, but our paths as actors were always intertwined. Initially we were both typecast as villains. I got fed up of doing those and went away to Kerala to do Malayalam films. Then his career as a villain took off, and I returned to Chennai to pursue a career in Tamil cinema. We made our way up together. At the Tenali function Rajni pointed out that though he’s four years my senior I’m his senior professionally and that he would take my advice about doing a film with me, if there’s occasion for us to star together.

Are you keen on doing a film with Rajnikanth?

It depends. He said if we do a film together he won’t direct it. It has to be either me or someone else. It would be quite interesting to do a film with him. At the Thenali silver jubilee function Rajni recalled an incident early in our careers when he was riding pillion on a motorbike with me. He never forgot his past and friends. When I sort of took a skid Rajni asked if I knew how to ride a motorbike. I assured him even If I fell I wouldn’t let him fall. I was so touched when at the Tenali function Rajni said, ‘That’s what happened in our career. He never let me fall. In 1983 when I wanted to leave everything behind it was Kamal who cajoled me back to the material world.’ I guess we’ll do a film together. We’ve been talking about it for five years. We’re worried about the expectations.

Source: indiafm


17 Comment(s)Views: 9099

Sunday, 23rd November 2008 at 22:44:43

Thank you very much for posting this interview.
Monday, 17th November 2008 at 22:54:55

i became fans of kamal an rajini after watching aboorva sagothergal and rajathi raja
Monday, 17th November 2008 at 06:52:04

thalaiva.. pls do a film with kamal.... it would be the greatest hit in indian cinema.....
Friday, 14th November 2008 at 20:17:55

I wish rajini/kamal always give great movies for tamil
SL Boy,Sri Lanka
Friday, 14th November 2008 at 08:44:52

We are waiting
Thursday, 13th November 2008 at 12:32:17

Whenever we read an article about Rajni, we always feel that how can a man be so interesting that everyone likes him. The like for Rajni has always increased from my childhood til now.

Kamal JI

Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 09:13:57

hey guys have u watched sun news,NDTV,CNN-IBN around 6-7pm (IST)
"L.K.Advani in Superstar Rajinikanths news"
this news was flashed all over.
in sun news its was flashed splecialy like this"Rajinikanth Veetil L.k.Advani-Arasiyal Alosanai"

kanthi mathi nathan,india,chennai
Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 08:32:11

Dear AllFirst this friendship must continue like this without hindrances.Alway we are proud to say that we love both of them.

Ananth Raj,Seremban,Malaysia
Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 01:20:22

Just wan't 2 say Superstar Rajini is the Best actor in this world for long of this world.he is show in he's next Wonderfull project in "ENTHIRAN THE ROBOT"
Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 01:07:24

great friends they are so people who talk about their friendship please read this article we as fans how great of stars both of them are we respect each other................
Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 00:56:03

Hi Sanganathan,
Thank you for posting this. It feels nice to read through.
Can you please post the original source link ? I searched in indiafm.com but couldn't find.

Thanks much,

Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 00:18:35

it would be great if both act 2gather again.......
Wednesday, 12th November 2008 at 00:08:56

சும்மா அதுருதுல்ல‌
Tuesday, 11th November 2008 at 23:50:46

nice to hear all these .. by the way.. hi guys check out tamilan express.. something very interesting about SS political aspiration.. dont miss it.. hope Mr.Sanganathan will not miss this to update in our site...
k s amarnath,India/Bangalore
Tuesday, 11th November 2008 at 23:48:29

very good article and thank you kamal haasan sir
Tuesday, 11th November 2008 at 23:41:38

கமல் ஹாசன் எப்பொழுதும் தலைவரை விட்டு கொடுத்து பேசியதில்லை. ஹொகேனகல் மேடையிலும் கூட தலைவரின் பக்கம் நின்றவர் அவர். Hats off kamalji..
Tuesday, 11th November 2008 at 23:03:21

truly the 2 legends of tamil cinema

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