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

    Director K V Anand’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 it  smuggling in Ayan, conjoined twins in Maattrraan or photo journalism in Ko. As for Anegan, we’ll have to wait, he insists.  “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,” says the 48-year-old. Is there a rule book for his heroes? “My hero knows there is law and that he has to abide by it. I don’t understand how the protagonist can kill 10 people and get away with it. These things don’t happen in real life. My hero is sensible,” 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 Bachchan’s role. Even his relationship with Jaya’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. Besides  K Balachander, who always gave  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 real—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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