Kamal Haasan has spent 53 years in the film industry and has won three National Awards, a Padma Shri and holds a Guinness World Record for essaying 10 roles in Dasavatharam.
As the actor-filmmaker-producer celebrates his 59th birthday today, here’s looking at his best works.
The film was mired in a controversy over depiction of Muslims but it did not stop Vishwaroopam from winning BO success and critical acclaim.
Made in three languages, it had some of the best graphics ever seen in Indian cinema.
This ambitious project had Haasan essaying 10 different roles, for which he won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. The multi-lingual film made in 2008 was a money spinner.
Haasan acted, directed and wrote Virumaandi – his 2004 film based on the Rashomon effect. The movie won best film award at Puchon Fantastic International Film Festival.
Also starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherji, this bilingual film was based on India’s partition and Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. The film went on to represent India at the Oscars in 2000.
This was Haasan’s take on the rampant corruption in India. His double role in the film fetched a National Award, a Filmfare Award and Tamil Nadu State Film Award in Best Actor category.
This 1998 silent black comedy won a lot of accolades. With king-for-a-day story premise, the film was a blockbuster.
The multi-faceted actor featured in Avvai Shanmughi as a woman in 1996. Post the success of the Tamil film, it was remade as Chachi 420 in Hindi.
This 1987 film had Haasan playing Mumbai don Varadarajan Mudaliar. The actor won a National Award for his realistic portrayal. It was also included by the Time Magazine in its 100 best films list.
In this 1985 hit, Haasan played a thwarted lover with gusto. He won the Filmfare best actor award for the movie and was also nominated in supporting actor category.
This 1985 film had three biggest stars in India at that time – Rajnikanth, Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan. A masala potboiler, it earned R32 crore at the box office.
A remake of the Tamil film with the same actors in the lead, this 1983 Hindi movie was highly appreciated for Haasan and Sridevi’s nuanced performances.
Haasan went on to win a National Award for this 1982 film where he played a teacher taking care of a girl suffering from amnesia. Sridevi played the girl’s role.
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In 1981, Haasan made his Bollywood debut with this film which was a remake of his Telugu hit Maro Charithra. Story of two star-crossed lovers, it was a blockbuster.
Haasan had a meaty role in this 1975 film, which challenged Indian social mores. Interestingly, the film also introduced superstar Rajinikanth.
The actor made his Malayalam debut in 1974 with Kanyakumari, story of a man who makes sculptures and falls in love with a girl who sells pearls on the sea shore.
Haasan began his career at the age of six in 1960, working with the veteran actor Gemini Ganeshan. He received the President’s Gold Medal for his performance in the movie.