The Hindu reports that President Kalam has stated that he hasn’t watched a movie in the last 50 years:
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has not watched a movie in the last 50 years as he was literally wedded to his scientific research. “You won’t believe it but it is true,” Mr. Kalam told Radio Kashmir’s news editor Gurjeet Malik in an informal chat here.
I pity the great man, for he has missed quite a lot of stunning movies made in this country. A fine example of which is Kannathil Muthamittaal, which I saw for the nth time yesterday (n > 30).
Kannathil Muthamittaal, made is 2002, should rank as one of the most wonderful films our country has produced. Set against the backdrop of crisis in Sri Lanka, the movie weaves together multiple themes of terrorism, adoption, love and motherhood in a fantastic visual spectacle.
It is the kind of movie you can feel proud about, that it was made in our country; the kind of movie which makes you want to rank Mani Ratnam alongside Hollywood greats like Spielberg, Scorsese, Kubrick and Coppola.
Taut screenplay, excellent, measured acting by everyone (Madhavan was so good; Simran with her best performance; Keerthana who won a National Award), and terrific score by A.R. Rahman, who also won a National Awar, lend weight to a brilliant script. Not surprisingly, at the National Awards for that year, the movie was adjudged the Best Picture.
The irony, though, is that the movie was not India’s nominee to the Oscars. We sent Devdas — yes, Devdas! — to the Oscars, and it turned out to be such a huge flop! Terrorism and adoption were the issues du jour then in America. And we chose to showcase a mediocre display of grandeur instead of true Indian masterpiece. Sad. And makes us wonder if Murphy’s laws about committee’s are indeed true.
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