Kamal Haasan auditioned Pooja Kumar on Skype!
Deepika Padukone's loss, Pooja Kumar's gain. The actress is doing the much-talked about Vishwaroop role with Kamal Hasan that top Bollywood actresses rejected outright. And she ain't regretting it
The lass, who has done a bit role in Anjaana Anjaani, a Tamil film, and a few small Hollywood films and TV series, is thrilled at the way the plum role landed in her inbox. Yes, Pooja was approached by Kamal Hasan on the internet and auditioned on Skype, that too in bad lighting. “It was pretty cool. He kept telling me to adjust the lighting in the room,” says Pooja.
At the start, she apparently thought that Kamal’s film was a Hannibal Lecter sort of thriller film. “I thought I was one of the victims in such a film. Sir convinced me it was nothing like that.” Pooja didn’t take long to make up her mind though.
“Working with Kamal sir is a dream come true. I must have done some good karma in my past life to have earned this opportunity. He is truly a legend,” she enthuses. The only disappointment in her role in the epic film, Pooja thinks, is the lack of action. “Oh, everyone apart from me have a lot of action stunts to do. I am just a damsel in distress. But since I play a nuclear scientist, I suppose I am at least a smart damsel in distress,” she signs off.
Kamal Haasan’s new production with Barrie Osborne is to be a historical drama however in total Hollywood style. At te press conference to announce the project, Kamal said, “At the moment, it is just an idea. We need to still work out what direction it’ll take.”
Barrie Osborne and Kamal Hasaan
When asked about working with a legend like Kamal, Barrie laughed, “If he is called a legend, it is most deservedly so. He is extremely talented and has an encyclopedic knowledge about literature, art, cinema. Although we cannot say much, this project will be very very special.” As reported ‘Hollywood-calling’ (Hitlist, June 9), three years ago, Kamal had started pre production on a historical epic.
Meant to be an epic on religion and politics, Kamal had even begun casting and location hunting for it. The project was to have been a truly international venture with backing from Walt Disney. The recession apparently made the Hollywood company pull out and shelve the plan. Is that project to be revived? Or is it something else entirely?