Posted On Monday, June 18, 2012 at 09:05:17 AM
This may well qualify as one of the unlikeliest (and most unconventional) friendships in the film industry. Considering only some years ago, Sushmita Sen and Kamal Haasan couldn’t see eye-to-eye and weren’t even on speaking terms, it comes as a surprise to learn that today, they are the best of friends.
So much so that he makes it a point to spend time with Sushmita and her daughters whenever he visits Mumbai and she in turn, consults him on all important matters pertaining to her scripts as well as parenting. Guess with both of them bringing up their daughters and sharing the same passion for cinema, it gives them common ground enough for interaction.
Explaining how they became close, a common friend revealed, “Both Sushmita and Kamal were planning epic international historicals. Sush was planning Rani Laxmibai and Kamal was going ahead full-steam with Marmyogi.
It started with each wanting to cast the other in their film. Kamal almost became a script consultant for Sush’s dream project. Eventually though, both projects got shelved. What survived was the bonding between Sush and Kamal. She now looks up to him for advice and guidance in many areas of her life.”
The latest being Sush, who has a deep fascination for languages and knows a smattering of many including French, is learning Tamil from Kamal and insists on sending all her sms messages to her mentor in Tamil.
“Sush is an extremely fast learner. Considering she’s Bengali and speaks in English and Hindi, Tamil should have been out of her orbit. But no. She insisted on learning the language right from scratch. Now she speaks Tamil and sends Kamal sms messages in the language,” the friend told Mirror.
And that’s not all. Kamal is now keen that Sush should quit smoking. “Whenever they were in a serious discussion, Sushmita would take ‘smoke breaks’, excusing herself from the room. She wouldn’t smoke in front of him.
That really amused Kamal that she should be so apologetic about smoking in her own house. He decided he would help her kick the butt. Having been a smoker himself, he had first-hand experience. He is guiding Sush in kicking the habit, step by step.”
When contacted, both Kamal Haasan and Sushmita Sen chose not to elaborate on their special friendship, saying it was too personal to be discussed.