Kamal Haasan, who recently participated in a discussion with film institute students, revealed his life changing movie and and the most shocking rape scene he has ever witnessed.
“There are moments when Ingmar Bergman actually woke me up to a kind of cinema like The Virgin Spring. I have never seen a rape scene that shocked me. Tamil films, Telugu films, they are all full of rape scenes. Sometimes with songs in the background.
So, I have seen all kinds of rapes. But when I saw the Bergman’s actual scene, very little of the human body was seen. Actually the only naked human part of the body that was seen was of the rapist body and not the raped. That was the brutality of the act in The Virgin Spring. I have never seen scenes like that,” Kamal said.
And Bergman was full of that in the film, where he brings you to the edge of surprise, nausea and anger in the film without going over the top and without dialogues. And you suddenly become human when the protagonist throws a little child on the wall. You feel bad for the rapist. That is a great film for me. That changed me,” he added.