Kissing scene controversy | Kamal Haasan and Rekha lip lock kiss
Kissing scene in movies are an okay thing these days, but it was not back then. While the audiences enjoy the intimate moment between the leads in a flick, there’s a lot which goes behind the scene. Talking on the same lines, South actress, Rekha has made some shocking revelation about her kissing scene with co-star Kamal Haasan while shooting for Punnagai Mannan.
In the said interview to The News Minute, Rekha opened up how the Kissing scene while shooting for filmmaker Balachander 1986 Tamil film was unplanned and without her consent. In the movie, the leads played lovers who ultimately commit suicide due to non-acceptance from their parents. Just before the legendary suicidal scene Rekha and Kamal get into a liplock, but now the actress’ revelation has led to shock waves on social media where the users have termed the incident as sexual harassment at workplace.
Rekha in a YouTube interview had stated that she was sixteen years old at the time of the film and that she was not informed that a lip kiss would happen. She said that she wanted to refuse but assistant directors Vasanth and Suresh Krishna assured her that it would not be obscene but elevate the scene.
Rekha had further alleged that legendary director K. Balachander asked her to close her eyes before she and Kamal would commit suicide by falling off a waterfall in a crucial scene. According to the veteran actress Kamal then without warning kissed her on the lips and she felt very uncomfortable about it. But she tried to diffuse the situation in the interview that it happened a long time back and she is past it but the fact remains that it was a nonconsensual lip lock.
Netizens are slamming the late Balachander, Kamal and the other men involved that it was very inappropriate of them to have done it to a young actress. Chinmayi who is an advocate of the Me Too movement has heavily criticized those involved without mentioning names. However, Rekha has declined to comment on it stating that its un-necessary to rake the issue after thirty-odd years.
Kamal Haasan is one of the living legends of Indian cinema whose achievements in his field are beyond comparison. He is now active in politics leading his Makkal Neethi Maiam party and is seen by political analysts as a major force in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.