As a gesture to honour for ‘Ulaganayagan’ Kamal Haasan for having completed his half-a-century of tenure in the film world, The Government of India is holding a ‘Kamal Haasan Film Festival’ in the capital. This unique ‘film festival’ will be inaugurated by Ambika Soni, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister in New Delhi on 2nd July.
Soni, during her last visit to Chennai, had announced that the Union government would initiate moves to honour the actor for having completed 50 years in the entertainment industry. The assurances now take shape, as the three-day long festival would be held from 2-4 July at New Delhi’s sprawling Siri Fort Auditorium where films starring Kamal Haasan would be screened.
A notable feature is that entry is free for whoever wishes to watch the films in the gigantic screen in the Auditorium. The first day’s first show kicks off with the film ‘Hey Ram’ and films like ‘Ek Tujhe Ke Liye’ (Hindi), Sagara Sangamam (Telugu), Maniratnam-directed ‘Nayagan’, ‘Anbae Sivam’, ‘Virumaandi’ and ‘Dasavathaaram’ would be telecast for the benefit of the fans of the star.
The festival has been aptly named as ‘The past film memories of Kamal Haasan’. Kamal, who is presently shooting abroad for his upcoming film ‘Manmadhan Ambu’ opposite Trisha, may not take part in the festival, sources say. Soni added that a separate function would be held later to honour the star after his return to India.