Courtesy: Balaji Durai, 2013.
Question: Do you like any particular Bengali cuisine?
#KamalHaasan: I’ll never forget my experience when I came to location hunt for my film Mahanadi at Sonagachhi. We went there around 12 ’clock since it’s not business time.
When we went there I smelt hilsa. And I said, “That smells like fish?” Andshe said, “Yes. Aap hamare ghar mein khayenge? (Will you eat in our home?)” I said, “Why not? If you have anything leftover for me.” And they served.
Suddenly, after I ate, they did something. They touched my feet and put kumkum on my forehead. I said, “Why are you doing this? I should be thanking you.”
She said, “Lakshmi hamesha raat mein aate hain (Lakshmi always comes at night). You are the only person who came in the morning.”
I was moved to tears. I’ll remember that, and that sort of influenced some of the scenes in Mahanadi.
Kamal Haasan with the woman he once wanted to marry!