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    Mumbai Xpress is for the young viewer: Kamal

    Tuesday, March 29, 2005
    Kamal Haasan is brimming with joy now for he has completed his home production Mumbai Xpress and awaits its release on 14 April.

    The joy for Kamal Haasan is double for he has come out with an audio company -Raajkamal International, which will release the audio of Mumbai Xpress.

    "As on hand we have a demand for 1.75 lakh cassettes even before its release", says an elated Kamal.

    Yet another reason for his joy is that all troubles to censor the movie (being made on digital version) has been sorted out upon special request from the actor to the Censor Board and the I&B Ministry.

    Here''s a quick chat with the actor who is quietly confident of his latest venture.

    Why an audio company now?

    Well, the situation demanded. I was quite impressed with Ilayaraja's tunes and felt it is my prime duty to release the audiocassette on my own. Amazing that I have an advance order for over 1.75 lakh cassettes. Major credit should to Ilayaraja and little bit to me for I was also involved in composing with the maestro.

    Has all the problems to obtain censor certification sorted out?

    Of course. Initially there was an apprehension on how to obtain the censor certification for this film made in a digital version. But one should understand that it is going to be the order of the day tomorrow. One should keep in tune with fast changing technology. I took up the issue with Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore and fortunately they have agreed to censor the movie in digital version itself.

    On showdown with Rajnikanth's Chandramukhi?

    Well, we are good friends. Earlier 20 or 30 films have released simultaneously. Some times my movies ran successfully and sometime his. Now we are hoping that both our movies would click at the box office. If that happens, it's nothing but good for the entire film industry.

    On the title controversy over the title Mumbai Xpress?

    I reiterate that the title will not be changed. When I entered filmdom, people even wanted to change my name as I have a Sanskrit name. However I feel Tamil is close to my heart and there is no need for any open show to establish my love towards my mother tongue. I assure that Kamal would not bring disrepute to a language which even the Britishers who ruled the country for several centuries could not do.

    Explain in brief about advantages working in Digital Version?

    Digital filmmaking is certainly cheaper for those who make big-budget movies. I shot Hey Ram for 300,000 rolls and since the film rolls had to be imported, I incurred a lot of loss. Going with digital version in Mumbai Xpress, I saved 400,000 rolls.

    Tell us about Mumbai Xpress?

    For an audience that has seen many comedies, Mumbai Xpress is a new and rare treat. The story revolves around a young boy and the movie as such has been conceptualized keeping the young viewer in mind.

    Why there are no technically amazing and off-beat entertainers in Tamil filmdom?

    It's wrong to say that we don't churn out such movies. I still believe my 16 Vayadhinilae was way ahead of the time then. I have acted in the likes of Kuruthipunal, Mahanadhi and Nayakan. The recent hit Kadhal has provided fresh lease of life to the industry. I hope that this will become routine and become a habit for other filmmakers to imbibe.


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