Actor Kamal Haasan completed 50 years in Indian cinema.
He not only won the best child actor National Award for his performance in Kalaththoor Kannamma, but went on to win 3 more National awards for director Balu Mahendra’s Moondram Pirai, Mani Ratnam’s Nayakan, and for Sankar’s Indian.
Some of his notable films have been Sakalakala Vallavan (a name now used to refer to him), Raja Parvai, Unnal Mudiyum Thambi, Pushpak, Virumandi, Hey Ram, Michael Madana Kamarajan, Apoorva Sahothargal, Guna and this writers personal favourite Mahanadhi.
One of his recent films, Dasavatharam, awed both his fans and critics alike. He proved his versatility in the Tamil film by donning a never before 10 roles.
His association with his mentor, K.Balachander also proved beneficial for Tamil Cinema. There was a phase in his film career, where he paired with the then upcoming Super Star Rajinikanth. He also acted in numerous Hindi remakes of his movies the most notable among them being Ek Dujhe Ke Liye.
Fittingly, Kamal Haasan has the rare distinction of being an actor with the most number of films submitted by India for the Academy Award in Best Foreign Language Film category.
Plans are afoot to celebrate Kamal Haasan’s 50 year’s in the film industry in a grand way. Apart from a plan to run a Kamal Bus that will travel throughout the state, a mega event to honour the actor in the second week of September is on the anvil.
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