Balachandra Menon, the National award winning actor-filmmaker, has thrashed super-talented Kamal Hassan with severe allegations. In a recent interview given to a Malayalam magazine, Menon has stated that Kamal is self-obsessed and carried away with fame and power.
The rift between Kamal Hassan and Balachandra Menon is not a secret for the film industry. The issue started when Kamal walked out of the Tamil remake of Menon's Ammayane Sathyam.
The remake was titled Kanden Seethayayi and almost 80 percent of the filming was completed. But the film was shelved suddenly and it was reported that the creative differences between the producers and Kamal resulted in the same.
According to the recent revelations by Balachandra Menon, Kamal Haasan was solely responsible for dropping the project. During the filming, Kamal suddenly asked to change the plot as he wanted to essay a male-living-as-a-female in the movie.
In the original, it is about a girl who lives as a boy. Kamal Hassan was initially keen to do the movie, but later changed his mind due to the interference of his friends. After a bitter argument, Kamal walked out of the project, and it remained unreleased.
Later, Menon had approached Kamal for a compromise talk, but the star was not in a mood to listen. The same issue resulted in the birth of Kamal Hassan's popular movie Avvai Shanmughi, in which he played a man who lives as an elderly woman.
Check out the slides to know what exactly happened between Balachandra Menon and Kamal Hassan
Kamal's interest On 'Ammayane Sathyam'
Kamal, who watched Ammayane Sathyam upon legendary actor Shivaji Ganesan's recommendation, was highly impressed with the movie and immediately thought of remaking it. Shivaji's long time assistant Raveendran agreed to produce the film.
Balachandra Menon Joins The Team
Shivaji Ganesan himself recommended Balachandra Menon who directed the original, for the remake as well. Shivaji had earlier worked with Menon in Thaikku Oru Thalattu and was impressed with his skills.
Bhagyaraj's Interest In The Project
Bhagyaraj, the veteran Tamil filmmaker was also interested in the project. But after the discussions, Balachandra Menon was chosen to direct the film.
Kamal V/s Menon
Kamal, who was initially fine with the project, later changed his mind due to the interference of his friends. After a bitter argument, Kamal walked out of the project, and it remained unreleased.
Kamal opted to launch another film named Avvai Shanmugi; even though Balachandra Menon tried his level best to resume Kanden Seethayayi.
Menon Joins With Bhagyaraj
Menon later re-launched the project with Bhagyaraj, in the name Veetla Visheshanga. But the project didn't materialised and Bhagyaraj directed another movie in the same name.