Regarded by most, as one of India's finest actors today,
Kamal Hasan began
his love affair with cinema when he was hardly nine. This
was as child artist in Kalathoor Kannamma (1960).
In a career, spanning four decades and over 200 films, Kamal
Hasan's passion for the medium has made his work, a near unattainable
benchmark, for the rest in the business.
He has given viewers unforgettable performances - as a village
idiot in Padhinaaru Vayadhinile, a love-struck youth in Ek
duje ke liye (Hindi), a Robin Hood styled mafia boss in Naayagan,
a midget in Apoorva Sahodarargal, an obsessed lover in Guna,
a cross-dressed nanny in Avvai Shanmughi and an old patriot
in Indian. And his versatility has necessitated path-breaking
His directorial work Hey Ram (centered round Mahatma Gandhi's
assassination) cost Rs 16 crore to make. But his proposed
magnum opus (launched by Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Chennai
in 1999) is the period film titled Marudanaayagam.
Kamal Hasan has won the National Award thrice (for performances
in Moondraam Pirai, Naayagan and Indian). He has also been
honoured with the Padmashri.