During a recent online chat, Kamal Haasan, a well-known admirer of Sivaji Ganesan, has revealed some untold things about the Nadigar Thilakam.
“Many of you don’t know the fact that the great Sivaji sir doesn’t know how to count cash and was also not interested in money. When I went to his residence with the advance amount for Thevar Magan, he didn’t even get it”, said Kamal.
According to Kamal, “He was surprised to know about my frequent travel to foreign countries on my own. Sivaji sir once told me that if someone asked him to travel to alien countries on his own, he would end up crying in the airport”.
The Indian and Viswaroopam actor, who had acted with Sivaji in Devar Magan, added: “Many of you would have heard that Sivaji sir is an one-take artist and doesn’t rehearse much. But in the shooting spot, he wouldn’t be joking around with others. He would constantly rehearse his dialogues silently.”
In a chat recently with fellow actor Vijay Sethupathi on entertainment portal Open Panna, the actor-politician was quizzed on what his plans for the delayed epic was. The project was first started 23 years ago in 1997.
Kamal replied, “I envisaged that the titular character would be around 40 years of age, but I’m too old to play him now. So the only option — if we get the money to bankroll it — would be either to change the storyline or cast some other younger actor to play the role.”
The actor-politician said, “I can’t control my intake. Those who know me personally would talk in length about my appetite. Once Sivaji sir was awestruck seeing the quantity I ate.”
He added: “Earlier, I used to run 14 kilometers a day to maintain my physique. But after an accident, I couldn’t cover that much distance.”
Talking about his beefed-up look in Aalavandhan, Kamal said: “Initially, I wanted to play a lean guy but my friends didn’t like the idea. To get beefed up, I ate 32 white egg yolks daily and boiled chicken. After the shoot, I stopped eating eggs for a year due to aversion”.
He also said that the physique he gained for Aalavandhan helped him to play the stuntman in Pammal K Sambandham. Recently, Kamal Haasan penned, sung and directed “Avirum Anbum” — a song on hope, positivity and love in these testing times.