The relationship between K. Balachander and Padmashree Kamal Haasan challenges classification. Director-actor, mentor-protégé, father-son… all those lines have been blurred in the decades that they’ve known each other, creating a bond that’s unique and unconditional
Balachander recently said “From babyhood to childhood, from adolescence to youth, from manhood to middle age, I have been part of this magician’s life…Yes, I own Kamal. Yet, he does not belong to me — he belongs to the world of cinema.
Kamal has evolved into everything that I have dreamt he would be. Indeed, I should never be surprised by anything he achieves, yet I am constantly amazed
It is often argued that had he been born abroad, he would have won the Oscar many times over.
Maybe. But I do not subscribe to that opinion. He would never have done either the quality or the quantity of roles that he has played.
A few Oscars maybe. But what value are a few Oscars in front of the adulation and warmth of a billion smiles and the awe and respect of a billion salutes? I have never ceased to be amazed by the limits and standards he sets (for) himself — standards that nobody else imagines even exists!
I have long since lost the taste, appetite and hunger for personal applause. All I wish for now is to hear the applause, the cheers, the trumpets and the music singing (praises of) Kamal Haasan’s genius,”