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Retrospective of Kamal Haasan films opens

Madhur Tankha

The actor says his best innings in films will come over the next 10 years

— Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Showcasing cinema:Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni flanked by actor Kamal Hassan and Minister of State for Information

NEW DELHI: Stating that he was not interested in resting on his laurels, actor Kamal Haasan on Friday said his best innings in films would come over the next 10 years.

Speaking at the inauguration of a three-day retrospective of his films at the Siri Fort Auditorium here, Mr. Haasan said: “I am not going to dwell on what has been done, but rather focus on what is to be done. Fortunately I came into the film world early… My parents told me to choose any profession. My father believed in me; he was my guru. The word guru sounds strange and even anachronistic these days. But without his backing, I would not have been where I am today.”

Referring to himself, the actor said a differently-abled child was loved more than other children. “I am a high school drop-out, but the rest of my family is well-educated. My mother and brothers showered me with so much love.”

Thanking the United Progressive Alliance government for organising a retrospective, he said such an event required a lot of planning. “I could have waited, as there are so many talented people who deserve this more than me.”

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said: “A retrospective gives people an opportunity to view works of art on a vast spectrum. It is a visual treat for movie buffs. It is important to view classics, as they make a tremendous impact on society. We have cinematic diversity in our country. Our brand entity is not only because of Bollywood, but also because of the creative genius of all languages.”

Deep impact

Stating that the retrospective showcased Mr. Haasan's sensitive side, the Minister said the actor fell under a special category, as his cinema broke barriers of language and region. The decision to show a retrospective of his films was not an off-the-cuff decision. Some of his characters had left a deep impact on us. “This is an acknowledgement of your contribution for the past 50 years. He made his debut in Kalathur Kannamma on August 12, 1959. He has been honoured with several awards. In fact, he may be the most awarded person in the country.”

The retrospective has been organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals.

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