Kamal Hassan Biography
Kamal Haasan is an Indian actor par excellence who is famous for his versatility in acting. Kalathur Kannamma was his first film as a child artist which won him the President’s Gold Medal. Since then, he has acted in more than 150 movies, in Tamil, Telugu, Kannad, Malayalam and Hindi. He owns a production company, Rajkamal International.
Kamal Haasan was born on November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India in a Tamil family to D. Srinivasan, who was a lawyer, and Rajalakshmi, who was a housewife. He married dancer Vani Ganpathy in 1978 and divorced ten years later. He was living in with actress Sarika and married her after the couple’s first child, Shruti K. Haasan was born. They have two daughters, Shruti and Akshara Haasan. They later put an end to their marriage in 2004. Since 2005, he was in a live-in relationship with Gautami Tadmalla, but the couple ended their relationship in 2016.
K Balachander gave Kamal Haasan a break in his movie Apoorva Raagangal as a lead actor and since then, he has never looked back. As a versatile actor he has performed diverse roles and proved his acting skills in national and international cinema. His potential as an actor is evident in the films like 16 Vayadhinilae, Nayakan, Guna, Mahanadhi, Hey Ram, Sadma, Chachi 420 and Alavandaan, which are one of his best roles. He is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. Some of his Bollywood super hits are Ek Duje Ke Liye, Sadma, Sannam teri Kasam, Giraftaar, Saagar, Raj Tilak and Chachi 420.
Haasan converted his fan clubs into welfare organisations. He is known for being involved in various social activities through the clubs. His fan clubs have organised blood- and eye-donation drives and even donated educational materials to students on many occasions. Recently, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated Haasan for the Swachh Bharat Campaign.
Award and Achievements
Kamal Haasan won the National Award thrice in the best actor’s category for the films Nayagan, Moondram Pirai and Indian. He has won 18 Filmfare Awards. He is the only actor whose six movies were sent to the Oscars as India’s official entry. He was honoured with the Padmashri in 1990 and Kalaimamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu. He was bestowed an honourary doctorate by Sathyabama University, Chennai in 2005. In 2007, he was honoured as the “Living Legend” in the film business by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
He was appointed as the Chairman of FICCI’s Media and Entertainment Business Conclave, which was organised by the entertainment division of FICCI in 2009. He received an award on behalf of Indian cinema from Chris Brown in 2013, as part of the New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards.