Ever since the launch of the trailer of Kadaram Kondan, the Internet is abuzz with high expectations. Produced by Kamal Haasan under the banner, Raaj Kamal Films International (RKFI), the movie stars Vikram, Akshara Haasan and Abi Hassan in lead roles.
It is directed by Rajesh Selva, known for helming Thoongaa Vanam. Ahead of Kadaram Kondan's release on 19 July, Akshara Haasan speaks with News Today about her role.
Excerpts from the interview
1) Tell us about your role in Kadaram Kondan?
A) I play Athira, a pregnant woman. I can't say more as it won't be suspenseful but I can tell that the movie is serious and very racy. For my role, I had to struggle a lot. I asked my mother for help. I practised two hours a day on how a pregnant woman walk, sit and behave. Being an actor it is important to perform such minor details with authenticity. Also, I had the chance to perform my own stunts.
2) How did you get this role?
A) When the director, Rajesh Selva approached me for the role, I asked him if the character will be suitable if I portray. Only when he said yes, I accepted the offer. I believe that each character in any film should be performed by the right stars or if not, it will be a great injustice to the movie. I am looking forward to perform in more action films.
3) How is it like to work for a movie produced by your father, Kamal Hassan?
A) At Raaj Kamal Films International, every actor is treated with equal importance. They are extremely professional and always select people with talent. My father has taught me to treat each film as if it is my first film, to work with dedication, discipline and conviction. As a team, it becomes our responsibility to deliver the best.
4) Do you have any identity crises as your family are top stars?
A) A child who is born in a well-known family will always have this notion to step away from that identity and create a name of their own. I always work hard to prove myself that I am more than just Kamal Hassan's daughter. I ask myself can I stand on my own feet without his name?
That's why I have worked as assistant director when I was in Mumbai and have done many other jobs. Discovering myself helped me understand who I wanted to be as an actor. Having the 'Hassan' name is a big responsibility. So my sister and I work hard to take the name further up.
5) You have worked with big stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Vikram. How was it like to act with them?
A) It was a brilliant learning curve. I was very scared and nervous to perform with Bachchan sir in Shamitabh. I remember when shooting a scene, I struggled to say a dialogue. Bachchan sir offered to teach me and when he said that out loud, I was impressed and screamed 'Wow'!' (Laughs). Bachchan sir is top class in his performance. Likewise while working with Vikram sir, he was very professional.