We often see film enthusiasts (even Indian) trolling Indian cinema for copying the content of Hollywood films. But very few would be knowing that there are certain Indian pieces that have inspired some very great filmmakers, internationally. And the good thing is, those maverick filmmakers don’t shy away from giving the deserved credit to someone. One such case is with Quentin Tarantino and his film Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kamal Haasan’s Aalavandhan.
Yes, you read that right! Quentin took inspiration from Kamal Haasan’s 2001 release, Aalavandhan (Tamil). The highly acclaimed and commercially successful Kill Bill: Volume 1 has a Manga sequence which shows animated violence. The innovative method was lifted from Kamal’s psychological thriller.
Speaking about the same, Anurag Kashyap had once shared that he asked Quentin Tarantino about the Manga sequence.
He had said, “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),” he had shared with the Mid-Day.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan once spoke about doing the animated sequence in Aalavandhan. “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,” he told to News18 back in 2012.