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Kamal Haasan's top secret APPU trick revealed!

Aug 02, 2013

Kamal has always been stunning the audience with his over flowing variety of whimsical expressions and make overs.

In the present days, where movie making is driven by technology and computer graphics, creating an abnormal character can be easy. Kamal has indeed made such notable appearances with the help of computer graphics.

But who can forget ‘Appu’ in Apoorva Sagodarargal? The movie, which was released in the year 1989, was a mind-boggling visual treat. Having been released in an era that did not have computer graphics, the secret behind the making of the Appu character still remains a mystery.

However, P.C Sriram, the cinematographer of the movie, gave a few hints about the secret behind it, in a recent interview.

Kamal acted with folded legs in some of the scenes. In the other scenes that portrayed Appu we had to do a few camera tricks. We placed Kamal in one end of the frame and filled the other areas with attractive circus materials. This ‘shift of attention’ trick made the audience overlook some of Kamal’s movements.

Kamal struggled a lot to apply this trick in every frame. The making of this film itself can be written as a book. Today the audiences watch movies very closely. If you freeze some of the frames of Apoorva Sagodarargal, you can find out some of the camera tricks easily.

But the fact that Kamal managed to do it at that age, where there was absolutely no technology, is simply amazing.



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