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Looking at Kamal Haasan's SUPERSTAR life!

Last updated on: November 07, 2016 18:21 IST

Happy birthday, Kamal Haasan!

The legendary Kamal Haasan dons many hats -- he is an acclaimed actor, director, producer, writer, singer, lyricist, choreographer and philanthropist.

He turns 62 on November 7.

We look at his superstar life through his pictures on Facebook.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan in Kalathur Kannamma.

Named Parthasarathy, Kamal Haasan started acting when he was only five years old.

He won the President’s Gold medal for his heartrending performance as a child artist in his very first film Kalathur Kannamma.

In a career spanning over five decades, he has won three National Awards and 19 Filmfare Awards. He has been honored with the Kalaimamani, the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and more recently with prestigious French honour Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan with his mentor K Balachander. Photograph: Kamal Haasan/Facebook

Kamal’s first film as a lead actor was K Balachander's 1975 film Apoorva Raagangal. The film also marked the debut of superstar Rajinikanth.  
Kamal and Rajinikanth worked together in nearly 10 films before going their separate ways.

Kamal won his first National Award for his brilliant performance as a school teacher in Balu Mahendra's Moondram Pirai (1982), opposite Sridevi.

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan in Nayagan.

One of Kamal's best films is Nayagan, Mani Ratnam’s unforgettable crime film in 1987. He won a National award for it.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnhotri in Ek Duuje Ke Liye.

Kamal made his Hindi debut with the 1981 superhit Ek Duuje Ke Liye, directed by his mentor K Balachander.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan in Avvai Shanmughi

The actor is known for his comic timing in blockbusters like Apoorva Sagodharargal, Avvai ShanmughiPammal K Sambandam and Panchathantiram.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan with his brother Chandrahasan and nephew Nirmal Haasan and grand nephew Siddharth Haasan. Photograph: Kamal Haasan/Facebook

Kamal is the youngest child in his family. His older brothers -- Charuhasan and Chandrahasan -- are lawyers. His sister Nalini is a classical dancer.

 

IMAGE: Three superstars -- Kamal Haasan, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth at the feliciation ceremony of Veteran music composer Ilayaraja. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar.

With more than 200 films to his credit, the actor continues to rule the film industry with an unbeatable passion.

Kamal holds the distinction of being the only actor with the highest number of films submitted by India for the Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film. 

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan in Indian.

Shankar's vigilante film Indian had him in a dual role.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan and Pooja Kumar at the world premiere of Vishwaroopam. Photograph: Kamal Haasan/Facebook

Kamal has been a successful producer with films like the Tamil-Hindi bilingual Hey! Ram, Virumaandi and the controversial Vishwaroopam, which turned out to be highest grossing film of 2013.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan with daughters Akshara and Shruti. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

At the age of 24, Kamal married dancer Vani Ganapathy.

He married actress Sarika in 1988 and the couple have two daughters, Shruti and Akshara. They divorced in 2004.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan wit daughter Shruti. Photograph: Kamal Haasan/Facebook

Shruti has become a popular actress, who has made a name for herself in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi cinema.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan with Gautami Menon and her daughter Subbalakshmi. Photograph: Kamal Haasan/Facebook

The actor got into a relationship with actress Gautami Tadimalla (with whom he had done several films in the 1980s and 1990s) in 2005.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan with Gauthami and Dalai Lama. Photograph: Kamal Haasan/Facebook

Gauthami announced their split just days before his birthday.

 

IMAGE: Kamal Haasan and Brahmanand in Sabaash Naidu.

Kamal is currently working on a spy comedy titled Sabaash Naidu, which is being made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.  

The actor has also written the screenplay and is directing the film. His elder daughter Shruti plays a significant role in it.

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