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When Quentin Tarantino was inspired by Kamal Haasan’s film

Director Quentin Tarantino told Anurag Kashyap that he was inspired by an 'Indian serial-killer film' for a sequence in his 2003 film Kill Bill.

quentin tarantino kamal haasan Quentin Tarantino drew inspiration from a Kamal Haasan film for a scene in Kill Bill. (AP Photo)

Quentin Tarantino’s style of filmmaking has inspired many around the world. His unique way of shooting graphic violent scenes, non-linear storytelling, the easter eggs have all hooked Tarantino’s fans so much that they regard the universe of his film as Tarantino-verse.

But Tarantino also derives inspirations from films across all languages. In a chat with director Anurag Kashyap, Tarantino once revealed that he was inspired by Kamal Hasaan’s 2001 film Aalavandhan for the animated sequence in Kill Bill.

Kashyap earlier told Mid-day, “Sight and Sound critic Naman Ramchandran first told me this. So when I met Quentin in Venice I asked him whether the Manga sequence in Kill Bill was inspired from an Indian film and he excitedly remarked, ‘Yes, I saw this Indian serial-killer film which showed violence as animated.'”

“There is only one Indian serial-killer film which was made before Kill Bill where violence was animated, and that was Abhay (Aalavandhan).”

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Aalavandhan was directed by Suresh Krissna and was released in Hindi as Abhay.

Kamal Haasan, who played the lead role in the film, told News18 in 2012, “When I did the animation action sequence 12 years ago, it was seen as self-indulgent and odd by a lot of people. Now that it has been endorsed by a filmmaker of such brilliance, critics will be kinder to some of the things I attempt in my films.”

Kamal Haasan celebrates his 65th birthday today.

First published on: 07-11-2019 at 11:14:51 am
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