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Kamal Haasan’s historic dual role

Kamal Haasan — or Ulaganayagan as he is fondly known in the south Indian industry — is playing dual roles in his upcoming Tamil film, Uttama Villain.

Straddling two different centuries, Haasan plays Uttaman, an 8th Century actor, and Manoranjan, a 21st Century cinema superstar. Directed by noted Kannada actor-writer-director Ramesh Arvind, this film has an interesting line up of actors.

To begin with, there is K. Balachander, the legendary Tamil director and Haasan’s mentor, playing Manoranjan’s mentor in this film. In a casting coup of sorts, veteran Telegu director K. Vishwanath plays Manoranjan’s father-in-law while Malayalam actress Urvasi plays Manoranjan’s onscreen wife. Andrea Jeremiah plays Manoranjan’s love interest. Pooja Kumar plays an emotionally disturbed princess of Uttaman. Nasser will be seen as an overbearing dictator. Malayalam actor Jayaram plays a significant character and Parvathy Menon (of Maryaan fame) is his adopted daughter in this story, written by Haasan.

Ghibran is scoring the music and Shyam Dutt is the DOP.