Kamal Haasan was here in Bengaluru to promote his upcoming film ‘Vikram,’ which also stars big names like Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil. While interacting with the fans, the actor explains why he loves Karnataka, especially Bengaluru more than anyone.
The legendary performer was here to promote his upcoming film ‘Vikram,’ directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, which also features Kollywood biggies like Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil.
The 67-year-old spoke about the time when he was a fan of two artists – legendary Dr. Rajkumar and filmmaker Puttanna Kanagal – the evergreen stalwarts of Kannada cinema.
“Whenever Puttanna Kanagal made a film, my guru K Balachander would take a car and come to Bengaluru to watch the film on the first day and I would come along with him,” he said.
Kamal’s love for Dr. Raj
The 67-year-old said he learned a lot from Dr. Rajkumar.
“He told me I acted well when I was just 21. I learned to respect people from him. He would stand next to me as though he is pursuing a role from me. That’s how humble he was. He inaugurated my maiden production ‘Raja Paarvai’ (1981) and he was there on the first day of the shoot of ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ (1987) to support me,” he recalled.
On being asked about his best memories in Bengaluru, the veteran actor said, “I would come to Bengaluru to interact with Girish Karnad and B V Karanth. I am a big fan of Karnad and we never fully recognized what a great man he was when he was alive. Then there is the Windsor Manor, where ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ was shot. My driver told me that he thinks of me whenever he passes by the landmark,” he remembers. Also, he said the city has changed a lot.
“I would jog every day in the city whenever I came here. But today, if you leave me alone at the Kempegowda Circle, I will get lost,” he said.