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'Watch films with mind, heart not
Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 26 Ace film director Kamal has said that
filmgoers should approach a film with mind and heart and not
He said this to reporters here,
Sunday after his latest and 37th film "Karutha Pakshikal"
"This is a film where I am happy to say that I have not made any
comprises unlike popular films of mine because this tells the
tale of poor and the downtrodden. It is here that the average
filmgoer should approach the film with his heart and mind," said
Admitting that he was apprehensive about the film because it is
a serious film, he said he is more comfortable after a week of
its release because high opinions of the film have started
Mammootty teams up with Kamal in the film after
their last successful outing in "Raapakal".
The film tells the story of a Tamil immigrant Murugan (Mammootty),
who makes a living out of ironing clothes in Kerala. He is a
widower, who lives in a slum with his three children - one of
whom is blind.
"I would love to make more of serious films because it expresses
and arouses passion. But if there are few takers for serious
films, then I would have no other go but to make popular films,
which bring in the audience," added Kamal.
"May be I would not have that much courage to sit before you had
this been a popular film because in popular films lot of
compromises are made," said Kamal who, however,
admitted that his next film is going to be a popular film set
against the background of an international public school in Ooty.
He added that he would rate "Karutha Pakshikal" as his
best ever film.
"See, despite having Mammootty in the film, the glamour
aspect of Mammootty has not at all been exploited. Instead the
actor in the star has been exploited," added Kamal.
He said if the Malayalam film industry is to raise its standards
and come out of the crisis more artistic films have to be made.
"A qualitative change can save the industry and what happens
most of the time is that nine out of the 10 directors who come
into the field take the same old beaten track and this is not
good for the industry," said Kamal.