Kamal Haasan, the name needs no introduction in the Indian Cinema. The multi-faceted film personality who has honed skills in all the crafts of filmmaking. He is a writer, lyricist, producer, director, and actor inimitable. Kamal Haasan is considered to be one of the leading method actors of the Indian Cinema.
Born in Tamil Iyengar family of lawyers, Kamal Haasan made his screen debut as a child artist at the age of 4 and has shared screen space with the then leading superstars MGR and Sivaji Ganeshan.
After playing the child artist for few years, Kamal Haasan took break to continue his studies and returned to the World of Cinema in the 70s and was seen in few supporting roles in movies like “Arangetram” and “Aval Oru Thoda Kathai” (remade in Telugu as “Anthuleni Katha”) before making it bit with leading roles. His first breakthrough was with “Apoorva Raagangal”, in which he plays a rebellious youth madly in love with and an older woman, the movie happens to be the debut movie for another biggest superstar of Tamil Cinema, Rajinikanth.
It was during the late 70s era his association with his mentor and fatherly-figure K Balachander produced the most amazing hits making the inroads to the impending Superstar of the next generation, filling the void left by the legendary MGR and Sivaji Ganeshan. The year 1978 has been the real turning point of Kamal’s career and his debut as the lead in Telugu Cinema. K Balachander’s cult-classic “Maro Charitra”, a love story revolves around the cross-cultural romance between Tamil boy and a Telugu girl. With the movie’s stupendous success Kamal Haasan’s stardom rose to the peaks which led to his foray into Hindi Cinema with “Ek Duje Keliye” remake to the same movie.
After playing the romantic hero in many movies and attaining the indomitable stardom, Kamal shifted toward serious cinema and experimented in various genres and excelled to the highest levels. In his glorious career that spanned over 50 years, Kamal Haasan has been bestowed with innumerable awards and with honored with the honorary Doctorate and “Padma Shri” and”Padma Bhushan” Awards. Kamal’s “Nayagan” directed by Maniratnam has been rated by the Times Magazine as one of the best films in the Indian Cinema History and “Maro Charitra” along with “Ek Duje Keliye” was placed in the list of “Top 100 movies of the Indian Cinema”.
Kamal Haasan was married to Vani Ganapathy in 1978 which led to divorce 10 years later. He later married to his co-actress Sarika (got divorced later) and the couple have two kids Shruthi Haasan and Sarika Haasan. While Shruthi is a leading actress in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu Cinema, Akshara has recently made her debut with “Shamitabh” in Hindi.
The actor’s insatiable appetite for movies has been ever growing, aims at perfection in every department and still considers himself a student and learning is a continuous process.