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    Anegan director K V Anand talks about the heroes who have influenced him

    Director K V Ananda��s Anegan might take a few more weeks to hit theatres. But he is patient and confident about the Dhanush starrer. A photo journalist-turned-cinematographer-turned director, Anand has come a long way in the film industry. His films have always had a strong subject, be itA� smuggling in Ayan, conjoined twins in Maattrraan or photo journalism in Ko. As for Anegan, wea��ll have to wait, he insists.A� a�?All I can say is that Dhanush plays multiple characters. He is very realistic and practical and I guess has the most number of fight sequences, when compared to Suriya or Jiiva,a�? says the 48-year-old. Is there a rule book for his heroes? a�?My hero knows there is law and that he has to abide by it. I dona��t understand how the protagonist can kill 10 people and get away with it. These things dona��t happen in real life. My hero is sensible,a�? he says, going on to describe four famous characters he wishes he had directed:

    Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay: He has very few dialogues in the film. I liked how his character (Jai) is silent, sacrificing and defines friendship. I watched the film for the second time in 1979 and I clearly remember Bachchana��s role. Even his relationship with Jayaa��s character, Radha,is mature. He is level headed and could think straight. His character impressed me and had an impact on me as a youngster.

    Juliette Binoche in Three Colors: Blue : One of my favourite non Indian films, this French drama by Krzysztof Kieslowski is about a woman who loses her husband and child in an accident. The movie starts with that accident. Juliette Binoche is tremendous as the strong and independent Julie. Her performance had a major impact on me. I wish we made such movies in India. BesidesA� K Balachander, who always gaveA� prominence to women characters in his movies, there are few directors today who make movies revolving around the woman.

    Kamal Haasan in Kuruthipunal: I think this is one of the strongest characters that Kamal has ever played. His character (Adhi Narayanan) is reala��he is strong yet fears a lot of things. I think Kamal brought out every emotion very well. This is not one of those fake hero films. His character is truly inspirational.

    Mohanlal in Drishyam: His portrayal of a common man is fantastic. His character, Georgekutty, is a simple man from a middle class family who is protective and practical. That is what I liked about his character, which is very earthy and subtle, yet has an impact.
    Anegan is scheduled to release next month.

    Mrinalini Sundar


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