By Nandhitha Ravindran
Kamal Haasan’s recent flick Papanasam directed by Jeethu Joseph completes 50 days, today (21 August 2015). The film released on 3rd July and had a steady run despite the release of the magnum opus, Baahubali just a week after.
Papanasam saw Kamal beautifully underplaying the role of Suyambulingam to perfection. The fact that we couldn’t see even a trace of the star Kamal Hassan in the actor who portrayed Suyambulingam was the highlight of the film. He was backed by a strong cast including Asha Sarath, Kalabhavan Mani and Gautami among others.
Mohanlal recommended Kamal
It was way back in February of 2014, that Kamal Hassan was finalized to play the lead in Drishyam’s remake. Actor Mohanlal had then, recommended Kamal for the role and later Kamal revealed in an interview that Mohanlal’s recommendation was a chief reason for him to accept the Tamil remake.
The clash of the titans
The two legends’ portrayal of the protagonist- George Kutty in Malayalam and Suyambulingam in Tamil, were obviously compared. But many believe that Mohanlal and Kamal, had done it in their own style and one performance cannot be pitched higher than the other. Mohanlal’s George Kutty was more level-headed, someone who wouldn’t shy away from a fight. Even though he may shed tears, he contains it in an attempt to hide his vulnerability. Kamal’s Suyambulingam is more outspoken and a bit more romantic. He is also more emotional, which is especially apparent in the climax sequence when he breaks down, overcome by guilt; while George Kutty remains composed and stiff even when asking for forgiveness from Geetha Prabhakar and her husband.
Papanasam went on to become a huge success and the theatrical run of 50days and counting, is a testimony to that. A genuine hit, Papanasam is one of the best films of Kollywood this year and another masterpiece by the legendary Ulaganaayagan.