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Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan Born 7 November 1954 (age 56) Paramakudi, Madras State, India Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Occupation Film actor, producer, director,screenwriter, songwriter,playback singer, lyricist Years active 1959–present Vani Ganapathy Spouse Partner Children

Sarika Haasan

Gouthami Tadimalla

Shruti Haasan (born 1986) Akshara Haasan (born 1991)

Kamal Haasan (Tamil: கமலஹாசன்; born 7 November 1954) is an Indian film actor,screenwriter, and director, considered to be one of the leading method actors of Indian cinema.[1][2] He is widely acclaimed as an actor and is well known for his versatility in acting.[3][4][5] Kamal Haasan has won several Indian film awards, including four National Film Awards and numerous Southern Filmfare Awards, and he is known for having starred in the largest number of films submitted by India in contest for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[6] In addition to acting and directing, he has also featured in films as

ascreenwriter, songwriter, playback singer, choreographer and lyricist.[7] His film production company, Rajkamal International, has produced several of his films. In 2009, he became one of very few actors to have completed 50 years in Indian cinema.[8] After several projects as a child artist, Kamal Haasan's breakthrough into lead acting came with his role in the 1975 drama Apoorva Raagangal, in which he played a rebellious youth in love with an older woman. He secured his second Indian National Film Award for his portrayal of a guileless school teacher who tends a child-like amnesiac in 1982's Moondram Pirai. He was particularly noted for his performance in Mani Ratnam's Godfatheresque Tamil film Nayagan(1987), which was ranked by Time magazine as one of the best films of all time.[9] Since then he has gone on to appear in other notable films such as his own productions, Hey Ram andVirumaandi, as well as the Dasavathaaram, in which he appeared in ten distinct roles.
[edit]Career [edit]Early

career: The 1960s

Kamal Haasan as seen in his debut,Kalathur Kannamma (1959)

After shifting from Paramakudi with his family for his mother's medical treatment, Kamal was enrolled at Holy Angels school in T. Nagar. As a child, he became interested in dance.[10] There are two versions regarding his entry into films. One version has it that, as a little boy, he accompanied a doctor who went to treat an ill woman at the home of movie mogul A V Meyyappa Chettiar (father of AVM Saravanan). On hearing loud shouting from a first-floor tenant of the bungalow, the doctor became uneasy. Young Kamal Haasan strode up the stairway to ask the noisemaker not to shout over the phone as someone was ill, leaving the person astonished. An impressed Meyyappa Chettiar later provided him an entry into films.[11] The other version is that when young boy Kamal accompanied a family doctor of Meyyappa Chettiar to his house, producer AVM Saravanan noticed Kamal as a hyperactive child. He took him over and introduced to AV Meyyappa Chettiar who was looking for a young boy to play a role in the movie Kalathur Kannamma. [12]

Kamal Haasan made his film debut as a four-year-old child artist in Kalathur Kannamma, which was directed by A. Bhimsingh and released on 12 August 1959. He was cast along with the veteran Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan, winning the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.[13] He acted as a child actor in five other Tamil films in the subsequent few years co-starring with Sivaji Ganesan and M. G. Ramachandran. On seeing Kamal's interests in arts, his parents supported and helped him join the TKS Nataka Sabha, an old-style theatre. T. K. Shanmugam was Kamal's guru in the theatre. During this period, he continued with his school education at Hindu High School in Triplicane while still being a prominent part of the theatre troupe. He learned acting by watching his guru Shanmugam perform on stage and acquired his interest in make-up from Shanmugam.[10][14]

- 1975: The rising actor

Kamal Haasan - Early days

Following a nine-year hiatus from films, Kamal Haasan returned to the industry with the hope of joining the technical crew in films but was selected to appear in supporting roles in several films. He re-entered the film industry playing his first adult role in Maanavan, appearing only for a dance sequence. It was followed by supporting roles in films such as, Annai Velankani for which he was an assistant director, Arangetram and Sollathaan Ninaikkiren, both co-starring Sivakumar. He played a villain in the film Sollathaan Ninaikkiren and his first character role was in Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, another female-centric film of K. Balachander. After a few more films in Tamil, he did Naan Avan Illai, which was his final supporting role before establishing himself as a lead actor.[15] He won his first regional Filmfare Award in his Malayalam debut film Kanyakumari (1974), in which he played the lead role.[16] In 1975, he won his first Filmfare award in Tamil for Apoorva Raagangal,[17] an exploration of agegap relationships. For his role, he learned the mridangam. It is considered as one of the all-time classics of Tamil cinema and was directed by his mentor, K. Balachander. The film also saw the entry of Rajnikanth, who would play prominent roles in several Kamal films.

Success in the south

He reached his 100th film appearance in 1981 with Raja Paarvai. Manmadha Leelai.Kokila. and Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu.[20] He followed it with his debut in Bollywood. Balachander.[18] In 1977. Kamal Haasan also made a guest– cameo appearance in the Rajnikanth film Thillu Mullu. he won his first of three National Awards for Best Actor with his portrayal of a school teacher who looks after an amnesia patient in Balu Mahendra's Moondram Pirai. Kamal Haasan appeared in the drama Moondru Mudichu with Rajinikanth and Sridevi.[18] Avargal (1977) was one of the most sensitive movies on woman liberation.[19] The film was also remade in Telugu as Idi Katha Kaadu (1979) with Kamal Hassan repeating his role. also by K. including four consecutiveBest Tamil Actor Awards and became a famous actor in South India giving hits in all the four languages.[16] In 1983. Balachandar. Kalyanaraman and the Telugu film Sommokadidhi Sokkadidhi. an antihero thriller in which he played a psychopathic sexual killer. who also cast him in many of his socially-themed films. Balachander film. which won him his second consecutive Regional Filmfare (Tamil) Best Actor Award. The fourth consecutive award came with Sigappu Rojakkal. for which he learnt the art of ventriloquism. Sadma. Balu Mahendra. 16 Vayathinile won him his third consecutive best actor award. In 1978. Balachander. another K. Few of the other famous films in this period were the youthful Ninaithale Inikkum. Maro Charithra. alter reprising the role in the Hindi version.[18] [edit]The 80s: Bollywood entry Kamal Haasan's pairing with the actress Sridevi continued with Tamil classic Varumayin Niram Sigappu in 1980. which was the directorial debut of another friend and mentor. where he appeared as a village bumpkin. Despite this film's relatively poor reception at the cinemas. along with Rajinikanth and Sridevi. In 1976. the remake of his Telugulanguage film. At the end of this period. he appeared in Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey playing a double role.Sigappu Rojakkal (1978) The late 1970s was a period that saw Kamal Haasan's continued collaboration with K. which also marked his debut in film production. the snake horror film Neeya. his portrayal of a blind session violinist earned him a Filmfare Award. . he debuted in the Telugu film industry as hero with the hitMaro Charithra by K. Ek Duuje Ke Liye. Following a year of starring in commercially-oriented films. he had won six regional Best Actor Filmfare Awards. he starred in his first Kannada film.

Kamal Haasan appeared in two Telugu-language films. titled Chanakyan. Nayagan (1987). . a black comedy. in which he portrays dual roles including a satire of Charlie Chaplin as Chaplin Chellappa and Vetri Vizha as an amnesiac. including Saagar. Swathi Muthyam portrays him as an autistic person attempting to change society and was India's representative for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1986. was chosen for ALL-TIME 100 best films by TIME Magazine[9] In the mid-1980s. Pushpak. and many of his later Tamil films were regularly dubbed in Telugu. most famously Zara Si Zindagi. which followed up his previous Kalyanaraman.[16] In 1989. Kamal Haasan also appeared in Geraftaar and a few more Hindi remakes of his Tamil films. While the former film portrayed him as a drunkard classical dancer. doing a guest role in Uruvangal Maralam. Kamal Haasan appeared in his only silent film to date. directed by Telugu legend Kasinadhuni Viswanath. It was included in the Time top 100 movies list.[16] He then performed dual roles in Indrudu Chandrudu. The film was critically acclaimed and was a huge hit. In 1988. and shared the screen withSivaji Ganesan. The story revolved around the life of a real-life underworld don calledVaradarajan Mudaliar. Kamal Haasan starred in his last original Malayalam film as hero to date. He featured in Tamil cinema's first sequel Japanil Kalyanaraman. winning the regional Best Actor Award for his performance. Sagara Sangamam andSwathi Muthyam. while sympathetically depicting the struggle of South Indians living in Mumbai. Nayagan portrays the life of an underworld don in Bombay.[21] Following Punnagai Mannan. for which he was awarded both the Filmfare Best Actor Award and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Award at the same ceremony for this role. In 1989. Kamal Haasan appeared in Mani Rathnam's 1987 film Nayagan.[16] The enormous response to these films in Tollywood helped him capture a strong audience in Andhra Pradesh.[16] He received his third Indian National Award for his performance and Nayagan was nominated by India as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 1987. [16] Saagar portrayed him alongside Rishi Kapoor.Kamal Haasan began to appear in more Hindi-language films. he appeared in three roles (one of which was that of a dwarf) in Apoorva Sagodharargal.

Kamal Haasan as Appu. he had entered and tasted success in Telugu. had received Filmfare awards at each of these film industries. featured him opposite comedienne Kovai Sarala and its success led to further regional remakes. Guna met with critical acclaim but failed commercially. the film also won Kamal Haasan regional awards and plaudits for his portrayal. both films were also selected as India's submissions for the Academy Awards in their respective release years. Subha Sankalpam. based on theEnglish film She-Devil. Six years after it released. Kamal Haasan was credited for the story and became India's submission for the Academy Awards that year. Kannada and Hindi film industries. Kamal Haasan starred in the police story Kuruthipunal. .[30] Moreover. acting in four different roles as quadruplets. for the film Indian. In 1996. The film. After a series of successful commercial films such as Singaravelan. while the latter became a big success and was remade into Hindi as Virasat.[28] He then began to appear in comedies such as Sathi Leelavathi. three National awards and had his performances recognized at international film festivals. a dialogue writer.[29] Playing dual roles of a freedom fighter and his untrustful son. for future comedy films. It started an ongoing collaboration with Crazy Mohan.[26] The film became a blockbuster. he played a cheated villager in the emotionally draining and underrated classic Mahanadi. his home production. and his portrayals were all critically praised. Michael Madhana Kamarajan saw Kamal Haasan go one step further from Apoorva Sagodharargal. He also renewed his collobaration with Kasinadhuni Viswanath in his last Telugu-language film to date. the dwarf inApoorva Sagodharargal (1989) The 1980s saw the transformation of Kamal Haasan from a young heart-throb performer in Tamil films to a nationally acclaimed star appreciated for his method acting. one cook role formed the crux for a future venture by his production house. Malayalam. His success in Kuruthipunal was followed by his third National Film Award for Best Actor.Maharasan and Kalaignan.[2][21][22][23][24][25] [edit]The 1990s Kamal Haasan playing a mentally affected person in and as Guna (film) (1991) In 1990. where he played the son of actor Sivaji Ganesan. By the end of 1980s. it was premiered at the Rotterdam festival. obsessive protagonist in Guna and Thevar Magan.[27] Kamal Haasan won successiveBest Actor awards for his portrayal of the deranged.

and he opted to repay distributors who had suffered losses with the film. but he has since stated his interest in building up funds for the project. the film failed commercially.[32] But unhappy with the complaints after five days of shoot and after checking the actual result. he took over as director. a period drama told in flashback with a semi-fictional plot centering around India's Partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. To play the other army major in Alavandaan (Abhay. in Hindi).[39] His following film was Aalavandhan. he opted against reviving his magnum opus.Kamal Haasan in and as Chachi 420(1998) Kamal Haasan appeared as a woman in Avvai Shanmughi.[33][34] In 1997. the biopic of Mohammed Yusuf Khan. and filmed his second directorial venture.[40] The Hindi version Abhay was distributed by reputed Shringar Films.[43] .Marudhanayagam. The film. where he portrayed two distinct roles.Marudhanayagam. Hey Ram. inspired by the Hollywood productionMrs.[38] [edit]2000s: Hey Ram and onwards Kamal Haasan as Nandhu in Aalavandhanaka Abhay (2001) Following a two-year hiatus in Indian cinema. Moreover. Doubtfire.[36][37] Due to budget constraints. he went to the NDA for a crash course. the film was launched in a highly publicized ceremony by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom during her visit to India in 1997. also featuredShahrukh Khan and was India's submission for the Academy Awards that year.[35] Marudhanayagam had been speculated to be the biggest and most expensive film in Indian cinema with a number of high profile actors technicians signing up for roles. the lyricist and the choreographer as well as producing the film under his home banner. Kamal Haasan also took on roles as the writer.[31] He initially chose noted adfilm maker Shantanu Sheorey to direct the Hindi remake of Avvai Shanmughi. which failed to complete its schedules with only half an hour and a trailer being recorded during its shoot. for one of which he had his head shaved bald and gained ten kilograms. [41][42] Despite much publicity prior to release. titled Chachi 420. the film failed to materialize into a feature film. Kamal Haasan began his first directorial venture.

S. The film ultimately grossed more than 250 crores worldwide. the first Tamil film to be done so. Unnaipol Oruvan.[50][51] He had written the story and screenplay for the project. Priyadarshan. beating the previous 2007 record. the film was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.[53] Kamal Haasan worked on his fifth collaboration with Ravikumar. The film also featured Madhavan and Trisha Krishnan and was released in December 2010. In 2006. which won the Best Asian Film award at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea) Following a series of successful comedies[44] in Thenali. enacted by Kamal Haasan as a communist. Following the completion of Dasavathaaram.[52] He then opted to produce and star in a venture. . and won him critical praise for his performance. Anbe Sivam told the story of Nallasivam. Kamal Haasan opted to direct his fourth directorial venture. Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu emerged as a blockbuster. which after a year of pre-production became stalled.[49][50] In Canada. Sambandam and a couple of guest appearances.[46] Kamal Haasan as Nalla Sivam in Anbe Sivam (2003) Kamal Haasan then appeared in the remake filmVasool Raja alongside Sneha. with a film tentatively titled Marmayogi. Panchathantiram and Pammal K.Kamal Haasan in and as Virumaandi(2004). Kamal Haasan directed his third feature film inVirumaandi.[45] Kamal Haasan also appeared in Anbe Sivam alongsideMadhavan. Kamal Haasan's performance was highly lauded by critics with The Hindu stating that he "has once again done Tamil cinema proud". The film. co-starring him with Mohanlal. Ravikumar's Dasavathaaram portraying ten distinct roles in the venture. a film about the death penalty which won the Best Asian Film award at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.[48] Featuring him opposite Asin Thottumkal. in Manmadan Ambu. which had Shruti Haasan appear as the music director. Haasan's long delayed project.[47] In 2008. which remains one of the most expensive Indian films ever made. the film became the highest grossing film ever in Tamil cinema. who started the film. he appeared in K. became a successful venture for him the box office. departed allowing commercial director Sundar C to complete the film. for which he also wrote the dialogues and screenplay.

Anbe Sivam. "Neruppu Vayinil" (Pudhupettai). His film production company. Nala Damayanthi. "Poottu Vaitha" (Singaravelan). . Kamal Haasan has also played various roles behind the camera and is known for his involvement in several aspects of film-making. he once said. G. like "Ninaivo Oru Paravai" (Sigappu Rojakal). Rajkamal International. Ramachandran Kamal Haasan was born in the village of Paramakudi in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. Mahanadhi. Dasavathaaram and Manmadhan Ambu. "Sundhari Neeyum" (Michael Madana Kama Rajan). Speaking about it in a lighter vein. Hey Ram andVirumaandi. He has sung close to 50 songs in various languages and some of them have become hits. Thevar Magan. has produced several of his films. Virumaandi. [55] He wanted to turn a technician after his comeback into adult roles.[57] Kamal Haasan is also a playback singer.[54] In 2010. "Kaasu Maele" (Kaathala Kaathala).[56] Kamal has attended workshops for make-up techniques in US for several years and once trained as a make-up man under Michael Westmore.[10] [33] He wrote the story and/or screen-play for many of his films including Raja Paarvai. Hey Ram. He considered taking up film direction full time. They were well received by his peers in the Tamil film industry.[edit]Behind the camera In addition to acting.Ram" (Hey Ram). He wrote the lyrics for the song "Unna Vida" in Virumaandi. "Yaar Yaar Sivam" (Anbe Sivam). "Kombula Poova Suthi" (Virumaandi) and "Neela Vaanam" (Manmadhan Ambu). but did not do so as the film was a box office failure. "Kanmani Anbodu" (Guna). He is also a song writer. Apoorva Sagodharargal. if Hey Ram was a success. he stated his intention to direct more films as many young actors had wished to work under him and gain his direct guidance. "Inji Iduppu Azhagae" (Thevar Magan). "Film makers like K. Aalavandhan... Balachander told me that I won’t be able make much money by being a technician. "Ram. So the end result is that the star Kamal funds the technician Kamal in pursuing his dreams".[58] [edit]Personal [edit]Family life Kamal Haasan filmed with M. to a criminal lawyer named D. Guna. and also for five out of the six songs of the filmManmadhan Ambu. He also directed the films Chachi 420.

who was older than he was. Hey Ram.[63] Chandra Haasan has appeared as the producer for several of Kamal Haasan's films as well as being an executive of Kamal Haasan's home production company. the others beingCharuhasan. In his early career. his personal life had some setbacks which have been exploited by the media. with references being made inUnnaipol Oruvan as well as in the song Kallai Mattum from Dasavathaaram.[62] His eldest brother Charuhasan. most notably in Suhasini's Indira.[65] Her son. with Anoop Menon portraying Kamal Haasan and Priyamani playing Srividya.[60] [61] Kamal Haasan was the youngest of four children. Chandra Haasan and Nalini Raghu. [66] In 1978. at the age of 24. Kamal Haasan had referred to his parents in couple of his films. like Kamal Haasan. [edit]Relationships Despite his celebrated film career. His brother's daughterAnu Haasan has appeared in several films in supporting roles. He wanted all his sons (Chandrahasan.[67] . confirming in a later interview that he and Vani have never been in touch since their divorce. Rajkamal International. Kamal spent his childhood learning everything except staying focussed on his studies. the couple split after ten years together. Kamalahaasan) to study and do well. The pair were reported to have been a part of a notorious affair in the 1970s. among others. who died in 2006. with their relationship being explored in the 2008-released Malayalam film. Gautham. Kamal Haasan later named an auditorium after his sister as Nalini Mahal.[59] He was born as anIyengar Brahmin. The two elder brothers followed their father’s example and studied law. However. played Kamal Haasan's grandson in his directorial venture. Srividya. Kamal Haasan married danseuse Vani Ganapathy. His father was a martinet.Srinivasan and his wife Rajalakshmi. Thirakkatha by Renjith. who appeared in theKannada film Tabarana Kathe. was visited by Kamal Haasan at her bedside during her final days.[64] His sister Nalini Raghu is a dance teacher. Suhasiniis also a National Film Award winner and is married to director and fellow Award winner Mani Ratnam. Vani put on the mantle of costume designer for her husband's movies and was publicized for walking along with Haasan into the Filmfare Awards South ceremony of 1980 immediately after their wedding. after Kamal Haasan began dating fellow actressSarika. who collaborated with Kamal Haasan on 1987's Nayagan. Kamal's niece (Charuhasan's daughter). he co-starred in several Tamil and Malayalam films with actress Srividya. Charuhasan. is a National Film Award-winning actor.

He had helped her during her traumatic experience suffering from breast cancer and the pair have been in a domestic relationship since 2005. the former is a singer as well as an upcoming actress. The couple filed for divorce in 2002. Vani Ganapathy. and was famously stopped for his name at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2002. from an annulled marriage also lives with them. Gouthami's daughter. (Kamal Welfare Association) [74][75] His fan clubs are involved in organising blood and eye donation drives and donating education materials to school students. despite being born into a Hindu Brahmin family. Yaakob Hassan. However.[73] [edit]Social service Kamal Haasan is actively involved in several social service activities through his fan clubs under the banner Kamal Narpani Iyakkam.[76][77][78] [79] He received the first Abraham Kovoor National Award for his Humanist Activities and Secular Life in 2004. has declared himself as an atheist. with acclaimed work in Hey Ram. with Sarika estranging herself from Kamal Haasan by the end of the procedure in 2004. she replaced his ex-wife.[71] Kamal Haasan. Kamal Haasan and Sarika lived together from 1988. Along with Shruti and Akshara.[80]He has turned his fan associations into . who co-starred with him in several films in the late 80s and early 90s. who appeared opposite him in two consecutive ventures with Pammal K. Later. Yaakob Hassan had protected Srinivasan from other prisoners who hated the Brahmins.[69] However.[68] His intimate relationship with co-star Simran Bagga. became the reason for the split. who is twenty-two years younger. Of the two children:Shruti Haasan (born 1986) and Akshara Haasan (born 1991). was short-lived as Simran went on to marry her childhood friend in late 2003. Subbalakshmi. as Haasan's costume designer. notably Mahanadi and the two films cowritten by Kamal Haasan (Anbe Sivam and Dasavathaaram). he paid tribute to his friend by incorporating part of his name into his sons’ names.Subsequently. many of his films.[69] Haasan now lives with former actress Gouthami Tadimalla. a Muslim freedom fighter who spent time in prison with Kamal Haasan's father while imprisoned by the British. Sarika took a break from acting soon after her marriage with Kamal Haasan.[70] [edit]Religious views Kamal Haasan. while the latter is pursuing higher studies in Bangalore. has also been mistaken for a Muslim due to the Islamic nature of his surname. Haasan's relationship with Simran. Sambandam and Panchathantiram. have featured antitheistic views. opting to marry only after having their second child.[72] The name originated from a friend of his father.

as his cinema broke barriers of language and region. a fundraiser to set up an orphanage for HIV/AIDS-affected children. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said the actor fell under a special category. He was also the project ambassador of Hridayaragam 2010. have been collected and published as a book titled Thedi Theerpom Va (Come. child and drug abuse and the Kashmir conflict. During that event. His views on a wide range of issues including cinema. FRAMES.[80] He holds the record for the most National Film Awards for an actor (four). Virumaandi won the very first "Best Asian film" award at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan). the United Progressive Alliance government organised a retrospective of Kamal Haasan's films. Let's Solve Together).[91] The same year. Kamal Haasan holds a record nineteen Filmfare Awards. is the most decorated actor in terms of awards in the history of Indian cinema. Kamal Haasan launched a children’s cancer relief fund and presented roses to children with cancer at Sri Ramachandra University in Porur on the outskirts of Chennai.[83] [edit]Literary contributions Kamal Haasan was involved in running the magazine Mayyam. the Government of Kerala honoured him . which was run by the Kamal Haasan Welfare Association (Narpani Iyakkam).[85][86] [edit]Awards and honors Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan.social service organisations. Sathyabama Deemed University awarded Kamal Haasan an honorary doctorate. by his fan association. three awards for Best Actor.[82] He has also pledged to endorse consumer products and use the money for social service.[45][87] In 2005. a Padma Shri holder.[88] He received the Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema at the 2006 ceremony of the inaugural Vijay Awards.[90] In 2010.[84] His interest in Tamil literature and his own writing skills are well known. [87] In 2004. and one for Best Child Artist. [80] In 2003. his films Hey Ram. ranging across five languages. After his latest award in 2000.[89] He received the Living Legend Award in 2007 fromFICCI. Pushpak. Nayagan and Kuruthipunal were showcased under the "Director in Focus" category at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Moreover. he wrote to the organization requesting exemption from further awards. which recognizes outstanding personalities from the entertainment arena and honors them with awards at their annual global convention.[81] In September 2010.

Bala and Gautham Menon consider Kamal Hassan as their inspiration.[92] Kamal Haasan is also a recipient of the Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1980. was the highlight of the evening. Other recognitions includes a string of Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. Madhavan. Prem Panicker once observed that Kamal Haasan suffers from "the curse of talent".[97] Kamal Hassan's contributions to films have been lavishly praised by his peers in the Indian film industry like Shah Rukh Khan. widely respected and admired in the Indian film industry.for completing 50 years in Indian cinema during the inauguration of statewide Onam celebrations in Thiruvananthapuram.[98] [98][99] Younger actors and film makers like Surya. Husain has claimed. F.[110][111] . Amitabh Bachan and Aamir Khan. [106][107][108] He has also been dubbed as an actor who consciously overshadows his co-artists. A light-and-sound show titled “Suvarna Kamalam” to mark Kamal’s 50 years in Indian cinema. organised by the entertainment division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). In 2009. K. has claimed he has missed working with Kamal. His mentor K.[93] [edit]Acclaim and criticism Kamal Hassan. Kamal Haasan was appointed as the chairman of FICCI Media and Entertainment Business Conclave. of offending religious sentiments and of being superficial about the social issues he depicts in his films. Nandi Awards. plot elements from Western films without crediting them and also for using sexually explicit scenes and themes.[105] Kamal Hassan has been accused of reusing story lines. while agreeing with such sentiment. including four separate awards for his performance in Dasavathaaram. Screen Awards and Vijay Awards. M. is often praised as someone who would have won many Oscars. Balachandar.[100][101][102][103][104] His list of admirers go beyond cinema.[94][95] Mani Ratnam. conceived by director T. says in that case Kamal would not have been able to have a diverse acting career and the adulation he has now. which has caused some of his films to overshoot their budgets. who directed Kamal in Nayagan. Rajiv Kumar.[96] Veteran Tamil actor Nagesh rated Kamal Hassan as the best actor he had seen.[100][109] Other criticisms of Kamal Hassan include complaints about his obsession with needless perfection. He has also been accused of elitism. he found Kamal Haasan as the most exciting Indian film-maker/actor. if he had been born outside India.

Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Winner. Filmfare Best Hindi Actor Award Winner. Nandi Award for Best Actor Winner. Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Winner. Filmfare Best Malayalam Actor Award Winner. one was a dwarf Winner. Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Winner.[edit]Notable filmography Notes Winner. Nandi Award for Best Actor Winner. Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Further information: Kamal Haasan filmography Year Film Role Language 1959 Kalathur Kannamma Selvam 1975 Apoorva Raagangal 1976 Manmadha Leelai 1977 16 Vayathinile 1978 Maro Charitra 1978 Sigappu Rojakal 1978 Yaetta 1981 Ek Duje Ke Liye 1982 Moondram Pirai 1983 Sagara Sangamam 1985 Saagar 1986 Swathi Muthyam 1987 Nayagan 1988 Pushpak 1989 Apoorva Sagodharargal Prasanna Madhu Chappani Balu Dileep Ramu Vasudeva Srinivasan Balakrishna Raja Sivayya Velu Nayakkar Pushpak Sedhupathy. National Film Award for Best Actor Winner. Appu Shakthivelu Thevar Tamil Tamil Tamil Tamil Telugu Tamil Malayalam Hindi Tamil Telugu Hindi Telugu Tamil Silent Tamil 1992 Thevar Magan 1996 Indian Tamil Senapathy Bose. Filmfare Best Kannada Actor Award Winner. Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Also producer and screenwriter Winner. National Film Award for Best Actor Winner. National Film Award for Best Actor Winner. Raja. National Film Award for Best Child Artist Winner. Filmfare Best Tamil Film Award Also producer and screenwriter Portrayed three roles. Tamil Chandra Bose . Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award Winner.

and screenwriter Also screenwriter Winner. Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Also producer. R. Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor Portrayed 10 different roles Also screenwriter Nominated. International Award for Best Asian Film Also director and screenwriter 2008 Dasavathaaram Tamil 2009 Unnaipol Oruvan 2010 Manmadhan Ambu Tamil Tamil Actor (167 titles) 2010Manmadhan Ambu Major. director. Mannar . Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award Also screenwriter Winner.Portrayed a dual role 2000 Hey Ram 2003 Anbe Sivam 2004 Virumaandi 2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Saket Ram Nallasivam Virumaandi Raghavan Ten different roles Kamal Major Raja Mannar Tamil Hindi Tamil Tamil Tamil Winner.

S Vasool Raja 2004Virumandi Virumandi 2003Love is God Nallasivam 2002Pammal K.B. Sambandam Pammal K.B. Sambandham 2002Panchatanthiram Ram 2001Aalavandhan Abhay Kumar/Major Vijaykumar 2001Paarthale Paravasam Guest appearance 2000Thenali Tenali Soman 2000Hey Ram Saketh Ram (as Kamal Haasan) 1998Kadhala Kadhala Lingam 1997Chachi 420 Jaiprakash Paswan/Laxmi Godbhole (as Padmashri Kamal Haasan) 1996Hindustani Senapathy/Chandra Bose .2010Four Friends Kamal Hassan 2009Someone Like You 2008Dasavatharam Rangaraja Nambi / Govind Ramasaamy / The United States President / … 2006Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Raghavan 2005Rama Shama Bhama Shama 2005Mumbai Xpress Avinash/Mumbai Express 2004Vasoolraja M.

1996Avvai Shanmugi Pandyan/Avvai Shanmugi 1996Kuruthipunal S. Adinarayanan (as Padmasree Kamal Haasan) 1995Nammavar Selvan 1995Sathi Leelavathi Shaktivel 1995Subha Sankalpam Dasu 1994Duet Guest 1994Ladies Only 1994Magalir Mattum Boss from Head Office 1993Kalaignan Indrajeet 1993Mahanadi Krishna 1993Maharasan 1992Guna Guna 1992Singaaravelan Singaravelan 1992Thevar Magan Shaktivelu 1991Michael Madana Kamarajan Michael/Madan/Kameshwaran/Raju 1990My Dear Marthandan (Guest Appearance) 1989Apoorva Sagodharagal Raghupathy/Appu/Raja 1989Chanakyan Johnson .

1989Indrudu Chandrudu Mayor Rayudu/Chandran 1988/IDaisy James 1988Sathyaa Sathyamurthy 1988Soora Samhaaram A V Pandian 1988Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Udhayamoorthi 1987Pushpak Unemployed graduate 1987Kaadhal Parisu 1987Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu 1987Nayakan Velunayakan 1987Per Sollum Pillai 1987Vetri Vizha 1987Vrutham Balu 1986Naanum Oru Thozhilaali 1986Punnagai Mannan Chaplin Chellappa 1986/IVikram Arun Kumar Vikram 1985Dekha Pyar Tumhara Vishal 'Vishy' (as Kamal Haasan) 1985Geraftaar Kishan Kumar Khanna 1985Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu 1985Saagar Raja (as Kamal Haasan) 1985Andha Oru Nimidam .

Shankar 1984Raaj Tilak Suraj 1984Yeh Desh Inpsector Mathur 1983Benki Alli Aralida Huvu 1983Poikkal Kuthirai 1983Sadma K. Somprakash 'Somu' (as Kamal Haasan) 1983Sagara Sangamam Balakrishna 1983Thoongathey Tambi Thoongathey 1983Uruvavugal Maralam 1983Zara Si Zindagi Rakesh Kumar Shastri .1985Kaakki Sattai 1985Mangamma Sabatham 1985The Pearl Sivayya 1985Uyarntha Ullam 1984Karishmaa Sunny (as Kamal Haasan) 1984Pyasa Shaitan 1984Yaadgaar Rajnath 'Raju' (as Kamal Haasan) 1984Ek Nai Paheli Sandeep (as Kamal Haasan) 1984Aakhri Sangram Raja 1984Enakkul Oruvan 1984Jappanil Kalyanaraman 1984Oru Kaidhiyin Diary David .

Vasudevan 'Vasu' (as Kamal Haasan) 1981Aakali Rajyam 1981Do Dil Diwane 1981Ellaam Inbamayam 1981Kadal Meengal 1981Meendum Kokila 1981Prema Pichchi 1981Raaja Paarvai Blind Musician 1981Rama Lakshman 1981Savaal 1981Shankarlal 1981Thillu Mullu Cameo .1982Sanam Teri Kasam Sunil Sharma (Sunny) (as Kamala Haasan) 1982Moondram Pirai Teacher 1982Vazhve Mayam Raja (as Kamalhassan) 1982Afsana Do Dilon Ka (as Kamal Haasan) 1982Agni Sakshi 1982Dil Ka Sathi Dil (as Kamal Haasan) 1982Pyara Tarana 1982Raniththeni 1982Sakala Kala Vallavan 1982Simla Special 1982Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya Ratan Chander/Ajay Saxena 1981Ek Duuje Ke Liye S.

1981Tik Tik Tik 1980Guru 1980/IMaria My Darling 1980Natchatiram 1980Ullasa Paravaigal 1980Varumayin Niram Sigappu 1979Idi Kathakaadu Johnny 1979Alavuddinum Athbutha Vilakkum Alauddin 1979Andamaina Anubhavam 1979Azhiyatha Kolangal 1979Kalyanaraman Kalyanaraman and his brother 1979Neela Malargal 1979Neeya 1979Ninaithale Inikkum 1979Sigappukkal Mookuthi 1979Thayillamal Nannilai 1979Yerra Gulabi 1978Sigappu Rojakkal 1978Amara Prema 1978Aval Appadithaan Arun 1978Chattam En Kaiyil 1978Eeta Ramu 1978Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu .

1978Madanolsavam Raju 1978Maro Charithra Balu 1978Nizhal Nijamakirathu 1978Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi Rangadu & Dr.Shekar 1978Thappitha Thala 1978Vayasu Pilichindi 1977/IAaina Prem Kapoor (uncredited) 1977Aadu Puli Atham 1977Avargal Janardan 1977Kokila 1977Meethi Meethi Baatein 1977Naam Pirandha Maan 1977Ormakal Marikkumo? Chandrashekharan (as Kamalahaasan) 1977Pathinaru Vayathinile Chappani 1977Uyarnthavargal 1977Velankanni Mathave Jesus Christ 1976Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu Ravi 1976Anthuleni Katha Arun 1976Idaya Malar 1976Lalitha 1976Manmatha Leelai Madhu .

1976Moondru Mudichu 1976Sathyam 1975Antharangam 1975Apoorva Raagangal Prasanna 1975Cinema Paithiyam 1975Malai Sooda Va 1975Melnattu Marumagal 1975Pattikatu Raja 1974Gumastavin Magal 1974Kanyakumari 1974Naan Avanillai 1973Arrangetram Thiagu 1973Sollathan Ninaikiren 1972Kanna Nalama 1972Kurathi Magan 1971Annai Velankanni 1971Nootrukku Noor Student 1963Ananda Jyoti 1962Parthal Pasi Theerum 1962Patha Kannikkai 1960Kalathur Kannamma 1960Mavoori Ammayi Hide Writer (13 titles) 2010Manmadhan Ambu 2008Dasavatharam (dialogue / story) .

as Kamal Haasan) 1996Kuruthipunal (producer) 1994Magalir Mattum (producer) 1993Maharasan (producer) 1992Thevar Magan (producer) 1991Michael Madana Kamarajan (producer) 1989Apoorva Sagodharagal (producer) 1987Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu (producer) 1981Raaja Paarvai (producer) Hide Music Department (12 titles) 2008Dasavatharam (playback singer) .2005Ramji Londonwaley (original story / as Padmashree Kamal Haasan) 2005Mumbai Xpress (Tamil dialogue / story) 2004Virumandi (writer) 2003Nala Damayanthi (story & screenplay) 2003Love is God (screenplay) 2001Aalavandhan (novel) 2000Hey Ram (writer) 1999Biwi No. 1 (story) 1997Chachi 420 (screenplay / as Kamal Haasan) 1997Virasat (story) 1992Thevar Magan (writer) Hide Producer (13 titles) 2005Mumbai Xpress (producer) 2004Virumandi (producer) 2003Nala Damayanthi (producer) 2000Hey Ram (producer) 1997Chachi 420 (producer .

as Kamal Haasan) 1996Avvai Shanmugi (playback singer) 1995Sathi Leelavathi (playback singer) 1992Guna (playback singer) 1992Thevar Magan (playback singer) 1985Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu (playback singer) 1983Sadma (playback singer .as Kamal Haasan) 1975Antharangam (playback singer) Hide Soundtrack (3 titles) 2008Dasavatharam (performer: "Mukundha Mukundha. Krishna Krishna") 1997Chachi 420 (performer: "Jago Gori Chachi's Voice") 1989Suryaa: An Awakening (lyrics: "Ek Nai Subah Ko") Hide Director (3 titles) 2004Virumandi 2000Hey Ram 1997Chachi 420 (as Kamal Haasan) Hide Miscellaneous Crew (3 titles) 2000Hey Ram (choreographer) 1997Chachi 420 (presenter .as Kamalahasan) Hide Thanks (2 titles) 2010Endhiran (very special thanks) 1995Three Men Army (thanks) Hide Self (1 title) 2003Nala Damayanthi Himself .as Kamal Haasan) 1977/IAaina (dances .2006Pudhu Pettai (playback singer) 2005Mumbai Xpress (playback singer) 2004Virumandi (playback singer) 1997Chachi 420 (playback singer: "Jago Gori" .

Sambandam Pammal K. Sambandham 2002 Panchatanthiram Ram 2001 Aalavandhan Abhay Kumar/Major Vijaykumar 2001 Paarthale Paravasam Guest appearance 2000 Thenali Tenali Soman 2000 Hey Ram Saketh Ram (as Kamal Haasan) . R.S Vasool Raja 2004 Virumandi Virumandi 2003 Love is God Nallasivam 2002 Pammal K.B.B. Mannar 2010 Four Friends Kamal Hassan 2009 Someone Like You 2008 Dasavatharam Rangaraja Nambi / Govind Ramasaamy / The United States President / … 2006 Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu Raghavan 2005 Rama Shama Bhama Shama 2005 Mumbai Xpress Avinash/Mumbai Express 2004 Vasoolraja M.Actor (167 titles) 2010 Manmadhan Ambu Major.

Adinarayanan (as Padmasree Kamal Haasan) 1995 Nammavar Selvan 1995 Sathi Leelavathi Shaktivel 1995 Subha Sankalpam Dasu 1994 Duet Guest 1994 Ladies Only 1994 Magalir Mattum Boss from Head Office 1993 Kalaignan Indrajeet 1993 Mahanadi Krishna 1993 Maharasan 1992 Guna Guna 1992 Singaaravelan Singaravelan 1992 Thevar Magan Shaktivelu .1998 Kadhala Kadhala Lingam 1997 Chachi 420 Jaiprakash Paswan/Laxmi Godbhole (as Padmashri Kamal Haasan) 1996 Hindustani Senapathy/Chandra Bose 1996 Avvai Shanmugi Pandyan/Avvai Shanmugi 1996 Kuruthipunal S.

1991 Michael Madana Kamarajan Michael/Madan/Kameshwaran/Raju 1990 My Dear Marthandan (Guest Appearance) 1989 Apoorva Sagodharagal Raghupathy/Appu/Raja 1989 Chanakyan Johnson 1989 Indrudu Chandrudu Mayor Rayudu/Chandran 1988/I Daisy James 1988 Sathyaa Sathyamurthy 1988 Soora Samhaaram A V Pandian 1988 Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Udhayamoorthi 1987 Pushpak Unemployed graduate 1987 Kaadhal Parisu 1987 Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu 1987 Nayakan Velunayakan 1987 Per Sollum Pillai 1987 Vetri Vizha 1987 Vrutham Balu 1986 Naanum Oru Thozhilaali 1986 Punnagai Mannan Chaplin Chellappa .

Shankar 1984 Raaj Tilak Suraj .1986/I Vikram Arun Kumar Vikram 1985 Dekha Pyar Tumhara Vishal 'Vishy' (as Kamal Haasan) 1985 Geraftaar Kishan Kumar Khanna 1985 Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu 1985 Saagar Raja (as Kamal Haasan) 1985 Andha Oru Nimidam 1985 Kaakki Sattai 1985 Mangamma Sabatham 1985 The Pearl Sivayya 1985 Uyarntha Ullam 1984 Karishmaa Sunny (as Kamal Haasan) 1984 Pyasa Shaitan 1984 Yaadgaar Rajnath 'Raju' (as Kamal Haasan) 1984 Ek Nai Paheli Sandeep (as Kamal Haasan) 1984 Aakhri Sangram Raja 1984 Enakkul Oruvan 1984 Jappanil Kalyanaraman 1984 Oru Kaidhiyin Diary David .

1984 Yeh Desh Inpsector Mathur 1983 Benki Alli Aralida Huvu 1983 Poikkal Kuthirai 1983 Sadma K. Vasudevan 'Vasu' (as Kamal Haasan) . Somprakash 'Somu' (as Kamal Haasan) 1983 Sagara Sangamam Balakrishna 1983 Thoongathey Tambi Thoongathey 1983 Uruvavugal Maralam 1983 Zara Si Zindagi Rakesh Kumar Shastri 1982 Sanam Teri Kasam Sunil Sharma (Sunny) (as Kamala Haasan) 1982 Moondram Pirai Teacher 1982 Vazhve Mayam Raja (as Kamalhassan) 1982 Afsana Do Dilon Ka (as Kamal Haasan) 1982 Agni Sakshi 1982 Dil Ka Sathi Dil (as Kamal Haasan) 1982 Pyara Tarana 1982 Raniththeni 1982 Sakala Kala Vallavan 1982 Simla Special 1982 Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya Ratan Chander/Ajay Saxena 1981 Ek Duuje Ke Liye S.

1981 Aakali Rajyam 1981 Do Dil Diwane 1981 Ellaam Inbamayam 1981 Kadal Meengal 1981 Meendum Kokila 1981 Prema Pichchi 1981 Raaja Paarvai Blind Musician 1981 Rama Lakshman 1981 Savaal 1981 Shankarlal 1981 Thillu Mullu Cameo 1981 Tik Tik Tik 1980 Guru 1980/I Maria My Darling 1980 Natchatiram 1980 Ullasa Paravaigal 1980 Varumayin Niram Sigappu 1979 Idi Kathakaadu Johnny 1979 Alavuddinum Athbutha Vilakkum Alauddin 1979 Andamaina Anubhavam 1979 Azhiyatha Kolangal 1979 Kalyanaraman Kalyanaraman and his brother .

Shekar 1978 Thappitha Thala 1978 Vayasu Pilichindi 1977/I Aaina Prem Kapoor (uncredited) 1977 Aadu Puli Atham 1977 Avargal Janardan .1979 Neela Malargal 1979 Neeya 1979 Ninaithale Inikkum 1979 Sigappukkal Mookuthi 1979 Thayillamal Nannilai 1979 Yerra Gulabi 1978 Sigappu Rojakkal 1978 Amara Prema 1978 Aval Appadithaan Arun 1978 Chattam En Kaiyil 1978 Eeta Ramu 1978 Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu 1978 Madanolsavam Raju 1978 Maro Charithra Balu 1978 Nizhal Nijamakirathu 1978 Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi Rangadu & Dr.

1977 Kokila 1977 Meethi Meethi Baatein 1977 Naam Pirandha Maan 1977 Ormakal Marikkumo? Chandrashekharan (as Kamalahaasan) 1977 Pathinaru Vayathinile Chappani 1977 Uyarnthavargal 1977 Velankanni Mathave Jesus Christ 1976 Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu Ravi 1976 Anthuleni Katha Arun 1976 Idaya Malar 1976 Lalitha 1976 Manmatha Leelai Madhu 1976 Moondru Mudichu 1976 Sathyam 1975 Antharangam 1975 Apoorva Raagangal Prasanna 1975 Cinema Paithiyam 1975 Malai Sooda Va 1975 Melnattu Marumagal 1975 Pattikatu Raja 1974 Gumastavin Magal .

1974 Kanyakumari 1974 Naan Avanillai 1973 Arrangetram Thiagu 1973 Sollathan Ninaikiren 1972 Kanna Nalama 1972 Kurathi Magan 1971 Annai Velankanni 1971 Nootrukku Noor Student 1963 Ananda Jyoti 1962 Parthal Pasi Theerum 1962 Patha Kannikkai 1960 Kalathur Kannamma 1960 Mavoori Ammayi Hide Writer (13 titles) 2010 Manmadhan Ambu 2008 Dasavatharam (dialogue / story) 2005 Ramji Londonwaley (original story / as Padmashree Kamal Haasan) 2005 Mumbai Xpress (Tamil dialogue / story) 2004 Virumandi (writer) 2003 Nala Damayanthi (story & screenplay) 2003 Love is God (screenplay) 2001 Aalavandhan (novel) 2000 Hey Ram (writer) 1999 Biwi No. 1 (story) .

as Kamal Haasan) 1996 Kuruthipunal (producer) 1994 Magalir Mattum (producer) 1993 Maharasan (producer) 1992 Thevar Magan (producer) 1991 Michael Madana Kamarajan (producer) 1989 Apoorva Sagodharagal (producer) 1987 Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu (producer) 1981 Raaja Paarvai (producer) Hide Music Department (12 titles) 2008 Dasavatharam (playback singer) 2006 Pudhu Pettai (playback singer) 2005 Mumbai Xpress (playback singer) 2004 Virumandi (playback singer) 1997 Chachi 420 (playback singer: "Jago Gori" .1997 Chachi 420 (screenplay / as Kamal Haasan) 1997 Virasat (story) 1992 Thevar Magan (writer) Hide Producer (13 titles) 2005 Mumbai Xpress (producer) 2004 Virumandi (producer) 2003 Nala Damayanthi (producer) 2000 Hey Ram (producer) 1997 Chachi 420 (producer .as Kamal Haasan) 1996 Avvai Shanmugi (playback singer) 1995 Sathi Leelavathi (playback singer) 1992 Guna (playback singer) .

Krishna Krishna") 1997 Chachi 420 (performer: "Jago Gori Chachi's Voice") 1989 Suryaa: An Awakening (lyrics: "Ek Nai Subah Ko") Hide Director (3 titles) 2004 Virumandi 2000 Hey Ram 1997 Chachi 420 (as Kamal Haasan) Hide Miscellaneous Crew (3 titles) 2000 Hey Ram (choreographer) 1997 Chachi 420 (presenter .as Kamal Haasan) 1977/I Aaina (dances .as Kamalahasan) Hide Thanks (2 titles) 2010 Endhiran (very special thanks) 1995 Three Men Army (thanks) Hide Self (1 title) 2003 Nala Damayanthi Himself .1992 Thevar Magan (playback singer) 1985 Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu (playback singer) 1983 Sadma (playback singer .as Kamal Haasan) 1975 Antharangam (playback singer) Hide Soundtrack (3 titles) 2008 Dasavatharam (performer: "Mukundha Mukundha.

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