Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan will soon be seen together in the pan-India film `Kalki 2898AD`. Now, Haasan has revealed that he hated the iconic 1975 film `Sholay` that starred Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in the lead along with Jaya Bachchan and Hema Malini. Haasan had worked as an assistant director in the film directed by Ramesh Sippy.
Kamal Haasan along with director Nag Ashwin and actors Prabhas and Rana Daggubati launched the teaser of Kalki 2898AD and unveiled the title of the film. The film was earlier called Project K. Amitabh Bachchan joined the convention virtually. Praising his co-stars at the event, Kamal said, “What is so great is the energy that our audience brings to our cinema. We make the movies, they make the stars. And, it is an honour to sit with the audience and watch the likes of Prabhas and Amitabh Bachchan.”
Interrupting him, Bachchan said, “Stop being so modest, Kamal, you are much, much greater than all of us. This is not a performance you have to put up. The kind of work Kamal has done is very difficult to achieve. Each one of his films is filled with so much reality and effort that he puts in. It is an honour to be in the same film as him.”
Kamal further recalled the iconic 1975 film `Sholay` and his feelings for the film. “For those who remember Sholay with nostalgia, I was an assistant director. And, I couldn’t sleep that night when I saw Sholay. First, I hated the film so much, I hated the filmmaker (Ramesh Sippy) even more. And I had the opportunity of working with that great filmmaker and I told him that that was my reaction when I saw the film. As a technician, I couldn’t sleep that night and that’s the kind of movie… many such movies Amit ji has done, and to hear him say nice things about my films is something I had not imagine when I was an assistant director and watching Sholay on the big screen. Thank you, Amit ji,” he said.
Produced by C Aswani Dutt`s Vyjayanthi Movies, Kalki 2898 AD is likely to feature Disha Patani and is scheduled for a theatrical release on January 12, 2024.