Kamal Haasan | Photo: PTI
Thiruvalla: Kamal Haasan on Monday recalled meeting late Malayalam actor MG Soman with a bandaged leg for the first time and gradually developing a brotherly bond over the years.
At the memorial gathering hosted on the occasion of the 25th death anniversary of Soman, Kamal paid homage to the actor, whom he loves like a big brother.
“Even though Soman was 12 years older than me, we were close friends. We used to stay together whenever we were in Kerala. To participate in any event organised in honour of Soman is a family affair for me,” said Haasan.
At the event, Haasan was honoured with the MG Soman Foundation Lifetime achievement Award. The award, comprising a purse of Rs 5 lakh, was presented by cultural affairs minister VN Vasavan.
Receiving the award, Kamal Haasan said that he would set up model theatres and drama clubs to honour Soman’s memory.
Govt to keep Soman’s legacy alive
Inaugurating the memorial event, Minister Vasavan said that it is doubtful whether we have respected Soman’s legacy the way he deserves.
“The state government will help to keep his memories alive. The upcoming budget will include the necessary funds for the same,” said the minister.
The event was attended by numerous celebrities, including Vidhubala, Kunchan, Cherian Kalpakavadi, Janardhanan and Vijayaraghavan who recollected their fine memories with the actor.
The event was presided over by director Blessy, the chairman of the foundation. Various film personalities such as actor Seema, directors Hariharan, Badhran, Renji Panicker, collector Dr Divya S Ayyar, former Rajya Sabha vice-chairman Professor PJ Kurien, Saji Cherian MLA also spoke at the event.