Kamal’s new explanation

Kamal Haasan, who screened his cult classic Hey Ram as part of his birthday celebrations, had an interaction with the audience after the screening. Mahatma Gandhi’s Great-Grandson Tushar Gandhi was also present during the screening.

Kamal said, “After we dropped Marudhanayagam, people said I can’t make a big-budget film in Raaj Kamal Films International. I took it as a challenge and made another big-budget film ‘Hey Ram’ in international standards”.

He said further: “It was a table profit for me. I don’t mind if my films get ignored by the audiences because I’m running in a marathon. You shouldn’t mind about winning yet the focus should be all about completing the race”.

According to Kamal, “Hey Ram is a glimpse of my political ideology. 19 years back, I was clear about my views in politics”. Speaking about how Ilaiyaraaja helped him after the original music composer demanded huge money, he said, “Raja agreed to score for the already shot footage, he even added an extra song”,

He said: “I call him Mr Gandhi because the halo behind his head is so big, but I wanted to see the face. And I did see the face. To me, finding Gandhi was a personal journey.”

Kamal said that Tushar Gandhi, initially did not want him to make the film. “Tushar Gandhi had seen the first look poster of the film and sought me out to request to not do this film,” Kamal said. Tushar Gandhi, while responding to this, said, “I assumed he was going to play the character of the killer (Godse). And I was worried if Kamal ji played that character, no matter what, the killer would become a hero.”

“I tried to keep Mr Ilaiyaraaja away from the film. We had done a hundred films, and I wanted a sort of a change. I thought the audiences would want a change, and I’d do something different as a businessman, as an entrepreneur. And that I must also find a music director. So, I went to another music director,” Kamal said.

“We recorded the songs, and the shooting was also done. He suddenly wanted more, and I did not like that. And even as we were trying to sort the issue out, he refused to give the discs on which the songs were recorded. Do I beg and get them from him, or stand firm and do something else with integrity? That was the question that I faced then. I felt I should do Satyagraha, more so because I was making a film on Gandhi. So, with humility, I went back to the very person whom I decided to stay away from — Ilaiyaraaja,” he added.