Kamal Haasan weighed in on the controversial Hindi and Southern language debate. The superstar was recently in the country’s capital to promote his highly anticipated film Vikram. During the press conference, he was asked about his views on Pan-India films and the ongoing language debate. Read on to find out what he had to say.
Kamal Haasan on Indian TV series
During Vikram promotions, Kamal Haasan gave the example of classic films like Padosan and Mughal-e-Azam and said that Pan-India films have always been there. “When you spin for gold, you spin for new words, coinage. Pan India (movie) is always there.” The actor added, “Shantaram ji acted in Indian movies. ‘Padosan’ is an all-Indian film. Mehmood ji almost speaks Tamil in the movie. What do you call ‘Mughal-e-Azam’? That’s it. an Indian film for me. It’s nothing new.” He also said that the beauty of the country is that it unites even though people speak different languages.
Kamal Haasan on Hindi vs South Debate
When asked about the ongoing linguistic debate following the success of films like RRR and KGF Chapter 2, Mr. Haasan was quick to reply: “I’m Indian. What are you?” he added, “Taj Mahal is mine, Madurai temple is yours. Kanyakumari is yours as much as Kashmir is mine.”
Vikram by Kamal Haasan
Vikram is a high octane action movie starring Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupati in the lead roles. The film also stars Shivani Narayanan, Kalidas Jayaram, Narain, Antony Varghese and Arjun Das in supporting roles. According to the latest rumors in Kollywood, Amitabh Bachchan has also played an important cameo in the film.
Vikram was directed by Lokesh Kangaraj and assisted by production by Kamal Haasan. Haasan was recently present at the ongoing 75th Cannes Film Festival to showcase the film’s trailer. The film is slated to hit theaters on June 3.