Kamal Haasan had recently been the chief guest at the audio launch function of the new movie Vaaliba Raja, which stars Santhanam in the lead. Now, the function was itself a grand event of sorts and many participated in promoting the movie but Kamal had shown up for one reason – because Santhaanam had personally invited him.
And here’s the kicker – Santhanam did not show up to the function himself!
That’s a good way, by the way, to insult anyone and effectively hurt a few sentiments and Kamal, who is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve when it comes to most matters, was indeed deeply annoyed by this unexpected behaviour from the part of his colleague.
C’mon, it did look a little bit like Kamal had all the time in the world while Santhanam couldn’t make it to promote his own movie! And that’s a definite ‘No – No’ as far as the busier than ever Universal Hero goes.
Now, Kamal had the daunting task of speaking to the audience from the dais, as part of the inaugural ceremony. And being the consummate professional that he is, the Uthama Villain star did not make a big deal out of it and didn’t bring it up in his speech. In fact, as a stern reminder to Santhaanam, he did not mention the leading man’s name in the entire thing!
The audience must have figured something was wrong but the event proceeded smoothly anyway. Santhaanam, however, heard the news much later at Hyderabad, where he is currently shooting for the Rajinikanth starrer Lingaa.
He must have grasped the severity of his error at this point, as he immediately called Kamal and apologized to him and explained his actions and gave him the reasons for him not being there.
Sigh.. All’s well that ends well one supposes..
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