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Kamal Haasan celebrates his 65th birthday on November 7 this year. The legendary Indian film actor recently also completed his 59th year in the industry, making him one of the most accomplished stars of our times. In fact, Kamal Haasan's work is so distinguished that Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino is said to have been inspired from a scene in one of Kamal Haasan's movies. Here are the details.

In an interview with Mid-Day, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap claims that Tarantino told him that one of the scenes in his superhit movie, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 was actually inspired by Kamal Hasaan’s 2001 film Aalavandhan (Abhay in Hindi). Specifically, it was the the animated fight scene in Kill Bill that was inspired from this film.

In the interview, Kashyap told Mid-Day, "Sight and Sound critic Naman Ramchandran first told me this. So when I met Quentin in Venice I asked him whether the Manga sequence in Kill Bill was inspired from an Indian film and he excitedly remarked, ‘Yes, I saw this Indian serial-killer film which showed violence as animated.'"

“There is only one Indian serial-killer film which was made before Kill Bill where violence was animated, and that was Abhay (Aalavandhan)," he added.

In fact, in 2012, Kamal Haasan also took a dig at critics after hearing this piece of news. "When I did the animation action sequence 12 years ago it was seen as self-indulgent and odd by a lot of people. Now that it has been endorsed by a filmmaker of such brilliance, critics will be kinder to some of the things I attempt in my films,” he said.

You can watch scenes from both movies and decide for yourself.

Tarantino is known for his non-linear and quirky screenplay, and apparently that animated fight scene fit perfectly into the story of the first Kill Bill. Kamal Haasan has done a lot of quirky cinema himself over the years, including Chachi 420 and Dasavathaaram among others.