Kamal Hassan: Young, energetic people lead the arts in France


Youthful, lively individuals lead human expressions in France, and their way of life of imagination ought to serve as a motivation, performing artist Kamal Haasan has said. 

Straight from the declaration of his being decided for the title of Chevalier de L'Ordre Arts et Lettres (The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government, he said in a telephonic talk that in France, film monsters like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard were feted even as youthful achievers. Victor Hugo had a street named after him in his own particular lifetime, not at all like Subramania Bharati and Bharatidasan whose commitment to society was perceived late. "This is something that we need to learn," he said. 

Mr. Haasan said the Chevalier recompense "is only a sword laying on the shoulder for a minute. It's not a crown." 

The 61-year old star, with late movies, for example, Thoonga Vanam, Papanasam and Uttama Villain, said he was an impassioned enthusiast of French silver screen, with Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jean-Luc Godard high in his pantheon. 

"In 1977, I was shooting a tune in France that lauded the excellence of Germany. I was uncertain that somebody may protest since I was adulating a nation that had once attacked France," he chuckles. 

When he began take a shot at Marudhanayagam, he needed the exhortation of French scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, who had worked together with the veteran Luis Bunuel on a few movies. 

"I needed Carriere to prescribe an essayist for the film. I cleared out a script with him on a Friday, and he met me on Sunday. I thought he would not have perused the extensive unedited script which rushed to 170 pages, yet he said he preferred it in particular," reviews Mr. Haasan. Who might help with the script? "What about Jean-Claude Carriere," the Frenchman said, offering himself, and the two weeks that they spent on it turned into a long lasting kinship, he says. 

Mr. Haasan, who knows various dialects yet not French, says French and British film have sensibilities not all that regular in Hollywood. European silver screen has 'chic and a feeling of knowledge.' "I respect and copy this in my movies," he says. 

The French are precursors of vote based system, the ladies' vote and even in 'planning a flawless guillotine'. 

True to life history was additionally ahead there, with film and recording pioneer Pathe, specialized master Georges Melies and filer Henri Langlois assuming a main part. "America takes others' acclaim and makes it its own," says Mr. Haasan. 

On the Chevalier, he says: "I am pleased that I am in the same association as Satyajit Ray."