Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tragedies I Avoid!

It was 1982, I was only about 5. I was already a Kamal Hassan fan. I still remember that evening when I watched Moondram Pirai which was later dubbed and release in Hindi as Sadma. I was disturbed. I couldn't digest Kamal's transformation in the climax. After returning home, I kept asking my dad if Kamal would get well. I dreamt about it for the next two days and finally fell sick. I didn't go to school for a week but Kamal went on to win a National Award!

Now after so many years, I still don't have the courage to get myself to watch the climax. In fact, I avoid the movie all together. No, the movie is brilliant. Sridevi is fantastic. But it is Kamal. Interestingly, he has a very subdued and subtle role till the very end. But that one scene in the end, he shows what he is capable of. And I hate that part.

The other movie that I avoid watching is Ek Duuje Ke Liye, a Hindi movie directed by K. Balachander, starring Kamal Haasan, Rati Agnihotri. It was a remake of the Telugu movie Mano Charithra. Ah, there's Kamal again.

Is it the bitter end? Or is it the actors to whom we get 'attached' to?

Is there a tragedy that you don't like to watch?


Mrunmaiy Abroal said...

Reading about Sadma climax - i could feel shivers down my spine. I felt I had to express myself after reading ur post.

I feel it's the character that we get attached to. Kamal Hasan's character in Sadma was a darling - so patient n loving n selfless.

ur post reminded me of how much i hate movies with sad endings..... Saawariya n Kites r sum recent examples.

Ammu said...

I must say Kamal's acting was brilliant, it is very rare you see such a performance in modern films. It can bring tears rolling down on anyone's eyes and i bet that if the movie is released in theaters again it will do good business. but i cannot say the same about the remake.