The much talked-about Tamil-Telugu-Hindi trilingual Shabaash Naidu (Shabaash Kundu in Hindi), featuring Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan together for the first time, has run into a rough spot with its director Rajeev Kumar falling ill. It is being shot in the US.
Reports earlier this week suggested that Kamal Haasan had taken over the direction of one song sequence, while Rajeev recovered.
Now, Kamal Haasan has confirmed that he has taken over the direction of the entire film.
Says Kamal, “My director has taken ill. Extremely ill. The unfortunate setback occurred when we were on the fourth day of our recce in LA. It is diagnosed as Lyme disease. A rare infection prevalent in Europe and North America. I am now directing the film.”
Kamal Haasan is no stranger to direction. He has been the helmsman for critically-acclaimed films such as Hey Ram and Chachi 420. In fact, the character Kamal plays in Shabaash Naidu is from Dashavtharam, the film that the actor-director directed in 2008.
“Yes, I have done it before. This time I moved in as a standby director hoping my friend will recover. It seems he will, but not in time to finish this film, which is tightly scheduled to end principal shooting by July-end or the first week of August,” Kamal said.
Rajeev is getting the best possible medical care in LA, he added.
“We have put him in one of the best hospitals with one of our executives keeping vigil 24/7. Our large get-well card signed by the whole unit also stands beside him.”
Right now, the entire focus is on getting Rajeev Kumar back on his feet.
“Rajeev started his career as a director with me in the lead nearly 25 years back. I am sure when he is up and about he will have many more movies to direct. He has already done 25 films in his career. He will do 25 more and I’ll be in at least 10 of them,” recalled Kamal affectionately.