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Grateful for the Kerala link: Kamal

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Kamal Hassan, actor, in Kochi to promote his latest film, Manmadhan Anbu, on Saturday.

KOCHI: Renowned actor Kamal Hassan does not want to be called ‘Ulaganayagan' (universal hero). “What can I do if people who love me want to keep that name? I cannot say no to them,” Kamal, who was in town to promote his latest film Manmadhan Ambu said.

He did not disappoint the screaming youngsters, who wanted to freeze him on mobile cameras, and scores of other fans who jostled to have a glimpse of him. Kamal reiterated his love for Kerala when he told the gathering that “it is like a feeling towards one's family.” “I can never forget this connection (with the State). If I am not grateful for that, I will not be a good human being,” he said amidst thunderous applause from the crowd.

Stating that Manmadhan Ambu would also remind the audience about his love for Kerala, Kamal said that Malayalam actors Kunchan and Manju Pillai play key roles in the film. “Kunchan is too honest and humble. I learnt from him that one should not be that humble and honest in life,” Kamal said.

He added that Manmadhan Ambu would pave way for more roles for Manju Pillai in Tamil films. “After seeing her performance, the director told me that he would have stretched her role, if he knew about her talent earlier,” the actor said. For Kamal, Manmadhan Ambu is special. He dons multiple roles, has penned the screenplay, dialogue, and lyrics. Kamal has also sung in the movie.

Kunchan termed his chance to work in the movie a bumper lottery. “Acting with Kamal is like being in a university. You can learn a lot from this versatile artiste,” he said. K.S. Ravikumar, the director, who had earlier worked with Kamal in movies like Avvai Shanmughi, Thenali, Panchathantram, and Dasavatharam, said that Manmadhan Ambu has romance, sentiments, action and family drama. “It has everything to win the hearts of the audience,” he said.

Udayanidhi Stalin, son of Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin, is the producer of the movie. Made under the banner of Red Giant movies, Manmadhan Ambu was made in a budget of Rs. 50 crore. The movie will be released on December 23.

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