Kamal Haasan's talent and genius for innovation has never been in doubt. But when he made Aalavandhan in 2001, about a dangerous psychopath and his commando twin, the actor was criticized for using animation sequences to depict graphic violence. Now it has been revealed that director Quentin Tarantino who did Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and the recent Inglorious Basterds was inspired to use manga (Japanese animation) to depict particularly gruesome scenes in Kill Bill.
Tarantino revealed this to Anurag Kashyap. He said that the idea came to him from an Indian film that had used this method and no other film but Aalavandhan has used this technique. Kamal Haasan was flattered when told about this and said it was nice to hear that such a brilliant director had been inspired by him but added ruefully that he hopes the critics will be kinder to him when he experiments in his films.