When Kamal Haasan kissed his co-star without consent

Kamal Haasan came into limelight recently over his show ‘Bigg Boss 3 Tamil’. The actor’s movie ‘Indian 2′ also keeps making news every now and then. However, Kamal Haasan is recently making headlines for a kiss that took place a long time back.

Kamal’s co-star, who was aged 16 at the time of the shooting and had just completed her 10th grade, once again came out in the open about being kissed without consent and being misled into thinking that things will be alright. The scene, surprisingly, became a huge hit among the audiences and helped boost the actress’ career.

The clearly frustrated co-star spoke to The News Minute and said, “I’ve said this a hundred times. They shot the scene without me knowing about it. People ask me the same question and I’m fed up of answering it. Whatever has happened has happened. It’s been many years now, but this question keeps coming up again and again. Kamal sir himself is 65 now. What’s the point of talking more about this now?”

Narrating how the scene went, she mentioned, “The kiss didn’t look ugly or aggressive on-screen. There was a need for it, but I was a very young girl and I didn’t know about it. He (director K Balachander) said, ‘Kamal, close your eyes! You remember what I told you, right?’ and Kamal said that he did. Then we had to jump when he said 1, 2, 3… we kissed and then jumped. It was only when I watched it in theatres that I realised it had such a huge impact.”

She also spoke about being misled with the mention of censor cutting the scene, adding, “They continued after that shot also, we had a location shift. Suresh Krissna and Vasanth were associate directors and I told them I wasn’t informed about the kiss and that I wouldn’t have agreed to it. But they told me to think of it as a big king kissing a small child. They told me it wouldn’t be passed by the Censor. I asked them what the Censor was!”

Stating that only Kamal Haasan can confirm the incident, the actress said that she doesn’t know if she would get an apology, especially since the movie was a huge hit, but she wouldn’t have said yes to the kiss. “I learnt to be more careful from next time,” she stated.

Talking about #MeToo, she went on to say she hasn’t had such bad experiences. “I’ve been in the industry for a long time and I can’t say that I’ve had a bad experience as such. I’ve been here for the last 28 years. I believe in ‘give respect and take respect’. Nobody has ill-treated me, whether it’s an actor, director or technician. I haven’t had the kind of #MeToo experiences that people have talked about. This is work for me – I go and finish it, that’s it. I just focus on what I have to do,” concluded the actress.

Courtesy : DNA

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