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Rajinkanth and I are like 3D camera: Kamal Hassan

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Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:40 [IST]

The friendship of two iconic stars of Tamil film industry, Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan, is well-known, yet they have been asked about it time and again. The duo has often admitted that they are like siblings but are good competitors.

In spite of being competitors, Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan never got into fights, like we see among Bollywood stars, nor they felt threatened as they know their strengths and weakness. They maintained a healthy competition and respected each other's work. It is interesting to know that the actors, who started their career together during the same time, acted in many films before getting separated for commercial reasons.

However, once again on a leading national news channel, Kamal Hassan, who is gearing up for the release of his prestigious multilingual project Vishwaroopam, was asked about his friendship with superstar Rajinikanth for which the Ulaganayagan said that they have thought to live in harmony but they are stiff competitors.

Kamal Hassan said, "What I say is that we have been thought to look in unison and we are like a 3D camera. We have been trained by K Balachander. Fortunately, we are very stiff competitors but have stayed brothers. It is because we carved out our own domains." Continued on the slideshow...

Rajini And Kamal

He added, "We were made to act together in many films. In fact, we have done 13 films together but we realised that filmmakers were splitting up our remuneration and giving it to us."

Rajini And Kamal

"Then we said to ourselves that look if we go separate, we can each earn the amount that they pay each of us. Producers were fooling us. So, we decided to go out and announce it," Kamal continues.

Rajini And Kamal

He further added, "They were all scared and one producer, who had signed us, asked us, 'What do I do'. We thought about it and we made two separate films for him."

Rajini And Kamal

He concludes, "The producer got a double whammy, as we made two separate films (Aravandu 16 and Kalyanaraman) for him. Both of them became hits and the producer and I have been lived to tell the story."

Vishwaroopam

Kamal Hassan is all set for the release of Vishwaroopam, which also features Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose and Andrea Jeremiah in important roles. The film will hit the screens in Tamil and Telugu version on January 25 and the Hindi version will be released on February 2.

Topics: rajinikanth, kamal hassan, vishwaroopam
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Story first published:  Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:34 [IST]
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