Though they have done just one film with each other, the mutual admiration and regard one has for the other is overwhelming. Kamal Haasan and Mani Ratnam are two of a kind, each vastly different from the rest of the pack in their respective fields. While Kamal’s daring attitude to take on all kinds of roles have made him stand out, Mani has his own ways of film-making with less dialogues and sequences shot in the dark.
Nayagan, which released in the late eighties, had Mani Ratnam’s typical stamp and Kamal essaying probably his best performance ever in films in the role of the Mumbai-based Tamil don Velu Nayakkar. With Maestro’s mesmerizing songs and unforgettable back-ground score to boot, the film was a rousing success at the box-office besides receiving critical acclaim. It also got Kamal Haasan one of his many national awards for ‘best actor’.
Apparently feeling that he owes Mani Ratnam something for the film, Kamal Haasan is said to be seriously thinking of launching Mani Ratnam’s son Nandhan as the production coordinator of his next Hollywood project produced by prominent producer Barrie Osborne.
The shoot of the film, wherein Kamal would also be directing the film, is expected to commence in a couple of months’ time from now. It is also said that Kamal might also take Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, whom he respects a lot, to score the music of his first-ever Hollywood venture. It is learnt that Nandhan, who was apparently not interested in acting but still wanted to be part of the film industry, might get the opportunity to work as a production coordinator or as a production executive.
Details would be known in the coming days.