Mani Ratnam and Kamal : In need of a patch
The much-hyped Kamal-Mani Ratnam starrer seems to be in doldrums. The estimated cost of production shooted upto 10 crores and the total estimate inclusive of Kamal’s huge sum of 6 crores, sky rocketed to 20 crores. Except Roja Combines producer Khaja Mohideen, none were ready to pick it up. Also as said by Kamal in Vikatan’s interview, the new story was much came out much to be a bigger aspiration than what it was thought to be. And so Mani Ratnam is writing something else which is a bigger leap than Nayakan but smaller than the first planned one.
Also Mani Ratnam is planning to direct a film for Mohideen and Kamal is planning to host three movies in his own RajKamal Banner. He would probably act in one of them, which is supposed to be directed by Mouli. He has called Nasser to direct the second film. The cast is undecided for this movie. The third one is undisclosed. Heard that his latest stuff Anbe Sivam is a no-nonsense film and the songs have a communist voice in them.
Its time for Mani Ratnam to reach the stars by a bigger movie than Kannathil Muthamittal. I don’t want him to settle for anything smaller than that. It could probably be a story about a social cause. Some thing that we can fantasize with. Unlike Shankar, he has stuck to realistic movie making which has made him classier. But its time to revitalize Tamil cinema with one his all time biggest grosser. I dream of Mani Ratnam movie thats far better than and much deeper than Kannathil and also hits a silver Jubilee. Something like Rajini’s Basha, which was liked by all section of the society. A movie that will be Mani Ratnam’s pinnacle. Even after such films like Roja, Bombay and Dilse, my all-time Mani Ratnam favorite is Nayakan. If Mani needs to direct such a class movie he needs some one as versatile as KamalHassan. Because the unmatched dedication of Kamal and Mani’s perfectionist attitude is what that
can make such a movie magic again.
I remember Mani Ratnam quoting in an interview “Movie is an art form of 20th century which can ensemble all the forms of art into one medium. It is the medium which can collate the best dance, drama and music”. It is this definition of movie that stuck me harder and I fell in love with the whole idea of movie making. To his credit, he also broke the myth that commercial cinema has to be crude, loud, luridly colorful and brimming with big stars to be popular. In its place, he incorporates all the more appealing elements of popular cinema – romance, action, songs and dazzling locations, then wraps them up in a novel and visually exhilarating package that has now become his hallmark. To work with someone like Mani Ratnam, who is meticulous in his movie making method, is no child’s play.
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