I wanted to be a technician: Kamal Haasan

Friday, 27 February 2009 - 11:59pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Kamal Haasan fans now have another reason to rejoice – next year the actor completes 50 years in the industry.
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Kamal Haasan’s fans now have another reason to rejoice – next year the actor completes 50 years in the industry.

However, the actor, who has mesmerised audiences with his intense acting and larger-than-life persona, says he wanted to become a technician.

“Film-makers like K Balachnader told me that I won’t be able make much money by being a technician. So the end result is that the star Kamal funds the technician Kamal in perusing his dreams,” he says.

At a recent event in Mumbai the audience also got a hint of his sense of humour when he joked, “When I am told I am larger-than-life, I know I am just 5.8 and a half.”
When asked if he intends to join politics, he says with a hint of smile, “Are you my well wisher?” Soon he adds on a serious note, “I don’t think I have the core competence to become a politician.”

He further adds, “If entering politics is considered as an alternative business, it is dangerous — extremely dangerous — for the country. MG Ramamchandran (MGR), M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa came to politics not just out of ambition, but because they had the experience and training of studying under great personalities; MGR under Annadurai and Karunanidhi under Annadurai and Periyar.”

The superstar is also remaking the critically-acclaimed A Wednesday in Tamil. He will play Naseeruddin Shah’s character. “The way Mr Shah has performed is amazing. He has done the homework for me and now I just have to perform,” says Kamal.

Kamal also thinks there is nothing wrong in remakes. “If the idea is good and has the potential to appeal to a wider audience, it can always be remade. There have been numerous instances when remakes have been wonderfully done. A Wednesday is a very good film, so I decided to remake it,” he ends.

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