Kamal Hasan was born on November 7, 1954, in
Paramakkudi, Tamil Nadu, India. is a highly
acclaimed and highly versatile Indian film actor whose work is primarily in
the Tamil film
industry. Kamal Hasan is also a critically acclaimed actor and a box office
success. His recent
films from the year 2000 to 2006 such as Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu , Vasool
Raja MBBS and Thenali have been commercial box office successes both in
India and Internationally.
Kamal was born to Srinivasan and as their fourth and youngest child. His
father an advocate gave all three of his sons (CharuHassan, ChandraHasan,
KamalHasan) the suffix of "Haasan" as a sign of his friendship to one Mr.
Haasan. He is also a trained playback singer and sometimes pens the lyrics
for the soundtracks of some of his recent films. He is an able performer of
Bharatanatyam dance form. He had assisted in choreography early in his
Experimentation, that is what makes him stand out. He is the only actor who
has always tread
where no one else would dare to. This versatile actor Kamal Haasan, who is
today considered to be one of the top-most actors in Indian cinema, began
his career in Hindi films with 'Ek Duje Ke
Liye' opposite another newcomer Rati Agnihotri. The film ran to packed Film
Songs houses and
another star was born.
Acting offers kept pouring in. Unfortunately for this South Indian star,
performances Upcoming Movies in films like 'Sadma', 'Giraftar', 'Sanam Teri
Kasam' and 'Saagar',
Kamal failed to capture the masses attention.
He retreated gracefully to the South. Mani Rathnam's film 'Nayakan' was
perhaps the first
commercial film in India, which didn't compromise on aesthetics. And with 'Nayakan'
Sahodarargal' (Appu Raja) being dubbed in Hindi, the champion of histrionics
His 'Kuruthi Poonal', though a remake of a Hindi film, made news.
'Hindustani', which first
stormed the South sent the currents to Bollywood even before its release in
the north. His latest
venture `Hey Ram`, a film he has done on Mahatma Gandhi, has drawn a lot of
acclaim. According to him, the secret behind his success, besides talent, is
modulation, an art seldom perfected by the Tamil stars. "In 'Rasleela', I
spoke in a squeaky
voice while in 'Apoorva Sahodarargal', I spoke in a harsh, biting voice.
Whereas in 'Manmatha
Leela', I experimented with an altogether different tone." Instead of going
in a for formal
training in acting, Kamal Haasan believed in getting a thorough practical
knowledge and for more
than five years, he worked as an assistant to K Balachander. "During the
course of my
apprenticeship with him, I learnt a bit of direction and also a bit of
editing. I also learnt
dancing from dance master Tangappan. That helped me a lot." Despite the fact
that 'Ek Duje Ke
Liye' had turned out to be a super-duper hit, Kamal and Rati did not see eye
to eye and he even
turned down several offers co-starring her. "I cannot forget the fact that
she had insulted my
director, K Balchander, the man who had brought her to the Hindi screen.
Rati has forgotten the
fact that Mr Balchander was around in the industry at a time when she was
still wetting her
nappies. The truth is that Rati does not like Tamilians and has forgotten
the encouragement which the Tamil industry had given her. Without
that, she would not have been able to reach anywhere.
However, these things refuse to deter him. With a few Hindi films like 'Chachi
420', and of
course 'Hey Ram' Kamal Haasan continues to enthrall the audience with his
Kamal Haasan married Vani Ganapathy in 1978. He legally divorced Vani in
1985. He then married
Sarika but their marriage has ended in divorce too. He has two daughters
with Sarika,(Shruthi and Akshara). He is currently living with Actress
Gouthami of Kurudi Punal fame.
In his upcoming film Dasavatharam, he is playing 10 different roles, an act
which is the second
of its kind in the world, after the Tamil movie Dambachari (1936).
Kamal will be conferred with a very unique honour in this year 2007 as
"Living Legend" in the
film business by FICCI,India.
Kamal is a three-time winner of the National Film Award for Best Actor for
the films Nayagan,
Moondram Pirai, and Indian.
He won the national award for Best Child Actor for his performance in
The best actor award at the Asian Film festivals held in 1983 and 1985 for
Saagara Sangamam and
Swathi Muthyam respectively.
Kamal has won the Filmfare awards 18 times.
He was awarded the fourth highest recognition given to Indian civilians -
the Padmashri in 1990.
He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sathyabama University, Chennai in
Kamal haasan has won a total of 171 awards which is more than any other
actor in the world living
Pammal K. Sambandam
Michael Madana Kamarajan
My Dear Marthandan
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu
Per Sollum Pillai
Naanum Oru Thozhilaali
Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu
Andha Oru Nimidam
Ek Nai Paheli
Oru Kaidhiyin Diary
Thoongathey Tambi Thoongathey
Zara Si Zindagi
Afsana Do Dilon Ka
Dil Ka Sathi Dil
Sakala Kala Vallavan
Sanam Teri Kasam
Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya
Ek Duuje Ke Liye
Do Dil Diwane
Tik Tik Tik
Maria My Darling
Varumayin Niram Sigappu
Alavuddinum Athbutha Vilakkum
Thai Illamal Naan Illai
Chattam En Kaiyil
Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu
Aadu Puli Atham
Meethi Meethi Baatein
Parthal Pasi Theerum