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Thoongavanam

A poster from “Thoongavanam”.Nikkil Murugan

Kamal Haasan’s controversial film “Hey Ram” celebrated its 16th anniversary Thursday, Feb.18. The multilingual movie had revolved around India’s partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Besides writing the story and screenplay, the Universal Star had directed “Hey Ram” and produced the movie in association with Bharat Shah, not to mention starring in it. It had an ensemble cast of Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Hema Malini, Atul Kulkarni, Girish Karnad, Naseeruddin Shah and Vasundhara Das.

Prior to its release, it was believed Kamal Haasan was trying to justify the murder of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse and defending his act. As a result, “Hey Ram” had landed in trouble with various groups protesting against the movie. But all the issues died down once the film made it to theatres.

It has to be noted that the censor board was also not happy with the film, named after the last words of the Father of the Nation, and had objected to a few sensitive scenes in the film.

“Hey Ram” was a fictional story of the journey of a man from hatred to love. After seeking revenge against those who raped and killed his wife, he joined a militant group to kill Mahatma Gandhi for his stand on Pakistan, India’s partition and Muslims. What happened next was the best part of the story.

Recalling the memories, Kamal Haasan posted a series of tweets readers can find here:

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