Does art imitate life or is it the other way round?


22 students of a teachers’ training institute in Tamil Nadu get caught cheating in an exam using mobile phones. The incident happens shortly after the Kamal Hassan starrer Vasool Raja, MBBS, the Tamil rip-off of the Sanjay Dutt film Munnabhai MBBS, is released.

So life imitates art?

Far from it, says the thespian, currently celebrating 50 years in cinema. Kamal defending the film fraternity in the Madras High Court:

“We only borrow what we see in society as we have a dearth of stories. So don’t blame us…. We’re a happening society and we only look to society for such ideas.”

So art imitates life?

Photograph: courtesy sulekha

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