Kamal Haasan has come out with an explanation on why he made a film like ‘Hey Ram’. Speaking at the special screening of the film as part of his birthday celebrations, the actor-politician said, “After we dropped ‘Marudhanayagam’, people said I can’t make a big-budget movie in Raaj Kamal Films International.”
“I took it as a challenge and made another big-budget film ‘Hey Ram’ in international standards,” he added. Talking about the performance of the film in the box-office, he said, “It was a table profit for me. I don’t mind if my films get ignored by the audiences because I’m running in a marathon. You shouldn’t mind about winning yet the focus should be all about completing the race”.
He added: “Hey Ram is a glimpse of my political ideology. 19 years back, I was clear about my views in politics”. On how Ilaiyaraaja helped him after the original music composer demanded huge money, Kamal said, “Raja agreed to score for the already shot footage, he even added an extra song.”
Speaking at a discussion that followed the screening, he said, “I call him Mr Gandhi because the halo behind his head is so big, but I wanted to see the face. And I did see the face. To me, finding Gandhi was a personal journey.”
Mahatma Gandhi’s Great-Grandson Tushar Gandhi was also present during the screening. Kamal said Tushar initially did not want him to make the film. “Tushar Gandhi had seen the first look poster of the film and sought me out to request to not do this film.”
Tushar Gandhi said, “I assumed he was going to play the character of the killer (Godse). And I was worried if Kamal ji played that character, no matter what, the killer would become a hero.”