Kamal reveals plan to revive Marudhanayagam

Kamal Haasan often faces questions about the future of the shelved project Marudhanayagam, which was announced back in 1997 in a grand event with Queen Elizabeth II as the special guest.

A poster of Marudhanayagam displayed with Sundar C’s Sangamithra at the Cannes 2017, had fueled speculations that superstar Kamal Haasan has revived his dream project.

In a recent interview, when Kamal Haasan was questioned on his dream movie Marudhanayagam, he has replied that he is also excited to bring out the movie, only that he will not be acting in the movie.

The actor-filmmaker, who is now a politician, has said the the film might come with someone else acting in it, since he is actively into politics and wants to serve people. He went on to say that his production house would continue making good films with other talented actors.

Kamal Haasan had last acted in Vishwaroopam 2, the sequel to his blockbuster Vishwaroopam, and this movie was released last year. After the movie, Kamal Haasan had been focusing on his political career, and his Makkal Needhi Maiam also participated in Lok Sabha elections.

Kamal is currently busy shooting for Indian 2, his upcoming film with director Shankar. Recently, a still from the sets of that film was leaked online. Marudhanayagam is a long-delayed Indian historical drama film directed and produced by Kamal Haasan.

The film, which started in August 1997 with an exclusive launch by Queen Elizabeth II, originally pulled together several prominent names across Indian cinema as its principal cast and crew. However, after becoming delayed in 1999, the film has not continued production.

Kamal Haasan had considered directing a historical film for a period of four to five years and contemplated doing a historical musical on the lines of Ambikapathy (1937), with the idea of making a film which had only verses for dialogue.

Writer Sujatha then suggested that Haasan looked at a folk ballad edited by Tamil scholar Vanamamalai, which introduced them to the historical figure of Muhammed Yusuf Khan, an 18th-century warrior.

Kamal immediately agreed to the prospect and felt that the story had the potential to make a good historical film, with the appeal of depicting the rise from the nadir to the top of Khan’s life.