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    Default Pushpak' completes 25 years: Tinnu Anand, Amala go down memory lane

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    As "Pushpak" completes 25 years, Tinnu Anand and Akkineni Amala, who were in the cast, recall their enriching shooting experiences and the powerful impact the film made on audiences.
    Also starring Kamal Haasan, Pratap Pothan, Farida Jalal, P.L. Narayana, K.S. Ramesh and Loknath, director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao's "Pushpak" released September 10, 1987.
    Actor-director Tinnu Anand told IANS: "The film ran for 35 weeks in Bangalore, and left a deep impression."
    Not only that, the hospitality Tinnu received from Bangaloreans was simply overwhelming.
    "My few visits to Bangalore after the release of the film quite amazed me. People would not even let me pay my bill in a hotel or restaurant. They would recognise me from the film and volunteer to pay the bill," he said.
    Tinnu played the role of an assassin, who uses a dagger of frozen ice to kill the character played by Kamal Haasan.
    "I remember every night we used to fill the dagger mould with water and deep freeze it before going to sleep. By morning, though it would've frozen, it would eventually break when it was taken out. Finally, our director made a frozen dagger for the shoot with acrylic that looked almost real."
    The success of "Pushpak" doesn't lie solely on one individual. It was neither the director nor Kamal Haasan, but a team effort, said the actor.
    "We worked as a team and there was no schedule per se that was followed. Kamal had all the time for the film, and so did all of us. The director would sit in one corner and supervise us as we would prepare for the scene. We were given all the freedom to experiment and improvise with the output."
    In this age of remakes what surprises Tinnu Anand is that no one is thinking about a remake of "Pushpak".
    ...being a human...



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