Chennai: Actor Kamal Hassan is an actor who is always in the quest for a challenge and so playing just one role is not enough. Instead, he released in ten faces and the Kamal mania hit it's peak as the actor's fans celebrated the arrival of Dasavathaaram.
Kamal Hassan’s fans went mad for the actors ten faces in his latest release, however, just one face of Rajinikanth in Sivaji was enough to send the crowds into a tail spin a year ago.
The filmy frenzy in Tamil Nadu was at it's peak when Rajinikanth's Sivaji hit the theaters.
"Rajinikanth is the stylist. He can bring life to even a dead film and Kamal Hassan is an actor who needs a strong script and powerful performances,” says director, P Vasu.
Together Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan are known as the two pillars of Tamil cinema. Rajini is a complete entertainer, a super star who with his inimitable style sets the box office burning. In contrast, Kamal Hassan is the reclusive actor who's experiments and acting talents have won him awards and critical acclaim but not always box office success.
"To me, making a film is a holiday,” says Kamal Hasan.
Unlike the rationalist Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth's holidays have often been in spiritual silence at Hrishikesh.
Rajini's super stardom has often moved beyond films to a cult following in real life and that following has always raised the question on whether he will play a real life political leader.
However, not too sure if he would enter politics, Rajinikanth says, “God only knows if I will enter politics.”
The mass super stardom gave way to huge political success for MGR in Tamil Nadu and NT Rama Rao in Andhra Pradesh. The sheer brilliance of their acting gave eternal space to the legendary Sivaji Ganesan and now Kamal Hassan.
The two sets represent two different lenses for south Indian cinema, however, the fact is that both sides exist is a reminder that no matter how star struck south Indian cinema may be, there's always room for the real performer.