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Kamal Haasan should say sorry to Rekha for 'unplanned kiss' in 'Punnagai Mannan', demand netizens

Rekha was only 16 when she did the film after completing Class 10. She also talked about being told that the Censor Board would not approve of the kiss.

Published: 25th February 2020 08:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2020 08:27 PM   |  A+A-

The film is considered to be the sequel of the 1981 Telugu film 'Maro Charitra', in which Kamal's character attempts suicide with his lover, by jumping off a cliff. Punnagai Mannan begins with a similar suicide scene, in which Kamal's character Sethu surv

The film is considered to be the sequel of the 1981 Telugu film 'Maro Charitra', in which Kamal's character attempts suicide with his lover, by jumping off a cliff. Punnagai Mannan begins with a similar suicide scene, in which Kamal's character Sethu surv

By IANS

CHENNAI: Tamil actress Rekha's shocking revelation about the "unplanned kiss" by actor Kamal Haasan in filmmaker K. Balachander's 1986 film "Punnagai Mannan" has raised a storm on social media. Many netizens have said that the veteran superstar Kamal Haasan should apologise to the actress for the kiss that, she added, was filmed on her without her consent when she was just 16.

"I've said this a hundred times. They shot the scene without me knowing about it. People ask me the same question and I'm fed up of answering it," Rekha told The News Minute according to bollywoodlife.com, insisting Kamal Haasan and the late Tamil cinema doyen Balachander tricked her into doing the scene.

She added that kiss helped the film in totality to bring out certain needed emotions.

"The kiss didn't look ugly or aggressive on screen. There was a need for it, but I was a very young girl and I didn't know about it. He (director K Balachander) said, 'Kamal, close your eyes! You remember what I told you, right?' and Kamal said that he did. Then we had to jump when he said 1, 2, 3... we kissed and then jumped. It was only when I watched it in theatres that I realised it had such a huge impact," she said.

Rekha was only 16 when she did the film after completing Class 10. She also talked about being told that the Censor Board would not approve of the kiss.

She claimed: "They continued after that shot also, we had a location shift. Suresh Krissna and Vasanth were the associate directors, and I told them I wasn't informed about the kiss and that I wouldn't have agreed to it. But they told me to think of it as a big king kissing a small child. They told me it wouldn't be passed by the Censor. I asked them what the Censor was!"

Rekha says nobody believes her when she says the kiss happened without her consent and that Kamal Haasan is aware of it.

She said: "Only he and the unit that was there can confirm what I've said. Balachander sir is no more. Only those who were there at the shoot know that the kiss happened without my consent."

According to the portal, she also said that neither Balachander nor Kamal Haasan apologised to her after the scene.

"Why would they apologise? The film was a superhit! I got many films after that, too, with Ramarajan and Ilaiyaraaja, like 'Namma Ooru Pattukaran'. We were all so busy in those days, going from one schedule to another," Rekha recalled.

She added that she would never have agreed to kiss if she was aware of the same in advance.

Rekha never demanded an apology from either Kamal Haasan or the late Balachander for the incident but, as the news spread, sections of social media said the actor should say sorry, reports sify.com.

"I don't know about getting an apology but it is a fact that I wouldn't have said yes to the kiss at that time. They just did the scene suddenly. It's over now and I don't want to revisit it," said Rekha.



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  • a

    She kissed him first in couple of scenes before this.. Idiots now want Kamal to ask apology? Tell your mom and dad to apologise
    1 year ago reply
  • Anon

    Sorry for criminal act
    1 year ago reply
  • Anurag

    He won't say sorry
    1 year ago reply
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