Kamal Haasan has said that no government, be it at the Centre or in the State, has ever bothered to take concrete measures to help the film industry to flourish.
Kamal’s highly controversial remarks were made during the course of his speech made at the audio-launch of comedian Santhanam’s home production Vaaliba Raja which is scheduled to release soon.
Produced jointly by Santhanam and H. Murali, Vaaliba Raja has Santhanam, Vishakha Singh and Sethu (the trio which starred in Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya), and newcomer Nushrat Bharucha in lead roles.
The venue of the audio-launch was the premises inside the Devi Theatre Complex, a favourite venue for Santhanam who couldn’t attend the event as he was away shooting with superstar Rajinikanth for his upcoming film Lingaa.
Kamal Haasan released the audio-cassettes and CDs of the film which were accepted by K.V. Anand. “My mentor KB was the one who taught me to encourage and bless young and upcoming talents. Only because of him, I’m here.
Films are a strange world where not always the talented meets with success; there are artistes who are more talented than me but aren’t finding the right opportunities and the right film-makers.
“I got to star in Arangetram when KB Sir accidentally saw me while I was walking on the road. It turned out that Srikanth was to star in the film but he was too busy and that’s how KB Sir accidentally spotted me and offered me the chance. Had I not been present on the road at that particular moment, I wouldn’t have been to star in the film.
“No government has done anything concrete to the film industry; I’m not blaming any government in particular by saying so. Still, films are thriving, giving employment offers to thousands of workers and labourers.
Had I not been in films, I would have become an advocate and been arguing the cases in Courts,” Kamal Haasan concluded.