Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, who has been named for a Padma Bhushan, says it is a "good fortune" that he has been chosen for India's third highest civilian honour, but the artiste in him will only be satisfied when he takes Indian cinema to the international arena.
"I think it's by sheer chance and my good fortune that I have
been chosen for the award. But as an artist, awards don't bring me
satisfaction and happiness. I want to take our cinema to the
international arena. We have achieved that feat in other fields,
but commercial success is not everything," Kamal told IANS at his
"I see the award as an incentive to continue doing my good work.
I think it's an honour for the work I will do in the future. There
are thousands who are more deserving than I for this award," he
The 59-year-old, who has starred in over 200 films across
multiple languages in over five decades, dedicated the award to all
those who are responsible for his success.
"I can't solely take credit for the award. I haven't done
anything by myself. My success, achievement, is because of the
efforts of so many others. I feel they deserve the award more than
I do. Therefore, I would like to dedicate it to them," he
Kamal, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990, said that the
long gap between the two honours doesn't bother him.
"As an actor, his or her work will be recognised when the time
comes. It's not some remuneration that you expect it come to you
promptly. I'm happy that India has recognised my talents and has
awarded me. I didn't mind waiting," added the actor.
It was on the same day in 2013 that his film Vishwaroopam got
embroiled in a controversy.
"I haven't changed since last year. I'm still in the same state
of mind as I have been since a youngster. The past has shaped me,
groomed me as an individual and as an artist," said Kamal.
With two coveted awards in his kitty, does Kamal have any plans
to pen an autobiography?
"I'm against autobiographies. You need to speak the truth in an
autobiography, but if I do that I will end up offending a lot of
people. I feel autobiographies make you tell a story in a certain
way, twisting facts and, therefore, I think it's a lie most of the
times," he said.
He is currently awaiting the release of Vishwaroopam
2, which is nearing completion.
"It will hit the screens in three or four months. We are left to
shoot a song and for that we sought the permission of the Indian
military and it has been granted. As soon as we finish the song,
we'll start working on the computer graphics and post-production
work," he said.
Vishwaroopam 2 is written and directed by Kamal, who
also plays a spy in the film. Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea
Jeremiah, Anant Mahadevan and Waheeda Rehman will be seen in
important roles in it.