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Kamal, the trend setter of Indian cinema

Kamal, the trend setter of Indian cinema - Exclusive

on Dec 22, 2009

Kamal Haasan, the perfect and versatile actor well-known for making experiments. He is one of the few Indian actors who shows no interest for ’image’. He is considered as the trend-setter. One has no doubt that kamal is an extremely talented actor. Apart from his acting, he has played many avatar’s as a script writer, producer, director, singer and choreographer too. From Kalathur Kanamma to the latest Dasavatharam, he potrayed many different characters which are not played by any other Indian actor

Kamal started his acting just at the age of 4 years with the film Kalathur Kanamma under the direction of A.Bhimsingh. He also won the National film award for the best child artist. Kamal acted as a artist for about five films in Tamil co-starring with great artists like M.G.R, Sivaji Ganesan .Later he concentrated on his education meanwhile, learned karate and bharathanatyam. He later entered the industry with supporting roles in few movies.

The period from 70’s is in fact the most excellent period for kamal. Since, this was the period where kamal has transformed himself from the supporting roles to leading roles in films. He received seven regional best actor film fare awards along with four best tamil actor awards consecutively just in a period of 5 years for movies such as Manmadha Leelai,Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu,16 Vayathinile, Sigappu Rojakal. In the late 1970’s the actor acted most of his films in K.Balachander’s direction, many of them being socially-themed films. He later acted in some comedy-entertainers as well.

He has appeared in six languages films Tamil, Telugu, Kannada Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali

Haasan's 100th film appearance was Raja Paarvai released in 1981, also made his debut in film production with this film and received a film-fare award for this although it failed at theatres. He made his debut in hindi with Ek dujje ke liye.

Kamal continuously experiments new characters and displays his desire to discover something new every time. Kamal Hassan selects performance oriented roles which are remarkable for years such as a village idiot in 'Padhinaaru Vayadhinile' , a mafia boss in 'Naayagan' , a triple role in 'Apoorva Sahodarargal' , a mentally-challenged lover in 'Guna' , psycho sexual killer in ‘Sigappu Rojakkal ‘ a cross-dressed nanny in 'Avvai Shanmughi' , an old patriot in 'Indian' etc.

Haasan’s 'Hey Ram' (2000) and 'Aalavandhan' (2001), which he also scripted, have become flops while many of them thought his era was over. But 'Anbe Sivam' (2003) and the Tamil remake of the Hindi Comedy 'Munnabhai MBBS' Vasool Raja MBBS (2004) became success and proved his critics wrong.

The actor appeared in telugu language films too such as, SagaraSangamam and Swathi Muthyam under the direction of Kasinadhuni Viswanath. In the former one he played as a drunkard classical dancer,and in the latter he acted as an autistic person attempting to change society.

Kamal has bagged numerous awards and achievements in his career. He has received the most honourable Padma shri in 1990. He won the first Abraham Kovoor National Award for his Humanist Activities and Secular Life in 2004.Recently, Rotary Club of Madras conferred Padmashri Kamal Haasan with Life Time Achievement Award.

Here are the few awards kamal has won in his professional career

Year of Release Movie Language Awards
1960 Kalathur Kannamma Tamil National Film Award for Best Child Artist
1975 Apoorva Raagangal Tamil Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
1982 Moondram Pirai Tamil National Film Award for Best Actor
1983 Sagara Sangamam Telugu Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award &    Nandi Award for Best Actor
1987 Nayagan Tamil National Film Award for Best Actor
1988 Pushpak _____ Filmfare Best Kannada Actor Award
1992 Thevar Magan Tamil Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
1996 Indian Tamil National Film Award for Best Actor & Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
2000 Hey Ram Tamil Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
2008 Dasavathaaram Tamil Best Actor Award by Tamilnadu Government.

Although the versatile actor had lot of praises and applauses for his professionalism, he has lot of downfalls in his personal career. kamal is always in the eyes of media about his affairs. There were rumors spread at the time of 70’s that he maintained an affair with his co-actress srividya. Kamal married Vani Ganapathy at the age of 24 who was elder to him. Later, he broke-up with her. Haasan later dated with Sarika and married her. The pair had two children: Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan. Shruti is a singer as well as an upcoming actress. However, Kamal divorced with Sarika as well since, there were rumors that Kamal has a relationship with the actress Simran too. Presently, Kamal is maintaing a domestic relationship with the actress,  Gouthami since2005. Haasan helped her during her traumatic experience suffering from breast cancer.

Kamal is the first actor to turn his fans club into social activities clubs.. Though born in an Iyengar family, he never encouraged caste identities. He believes in humanity. Kamal has donated his eyes and also offered his body for medical research after his death, and is the first Indian actor to do so. Kamal has recently declared that he adopted 1000 children who are affected by AIDS. Kamal also expresses that he was very much happy and satisfied to take up the responsibility of leading the AIDS awareness campaign.

Kamal really deserves all the praises and credits for his dedication and determination towards his work.

User Comments

Deepan

Jan 31, 2010 at 11:08 am

Kamal Sir, I don't know what to say. I am not even complete my age in the half of your experience....... Sorry I don't know how to express my thoughts and feelings. You can say "No Lord" and I'll say only You are the Lord, for my thoughts. I am just following only your insists. Thank you sir.

VINOD KUMAR, KERALA, Ph:-9496817596

Jan 31, 2010 at 11:01 am

Sir I salute u. U r a real legend in the whole film industry. I like to see u once in my life time and take one snap with u. I am requesting u to act one malayalam film as early as possible. Praying for for your success and life.

ramkumar

Jan 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

you are the livinng thevar

Marie Henseli, Chennai

Jan 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Dear Kamal Sir, I like u so much sir and I dont feel bored to watch ur movies repeatedly. U r my role model in all the aspect sir. I admire ur acting so much. I really salute u for ur rocking performance in all the movies. I saw u once when u came to Ramachandra University for the culturals in the year 2004 along with Vikram sir as I was the student at that period. I will feel happy if I get chance to meet u again in my lifetime sir.

Nayagan. From Erode,TN , INDIA

Jan 08, 2010 at 9:00 pm

He s my LORD . Than what i say ?

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