Happy Birthday Kamal Haasan: 5 films of this Tamil legend you shouldn’t miss

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Kamal Haasan is one of the finest actors in India and he is undoubtedly the pride of the Tamil film industry. Throughout his career, the Vishwaroopam star has never ceased to amaze the audience with his terrific performance. In a career spanning over five decades, Kamal Haasan has played innumerable characters. Till date, this veteran actor  has received three National Awards for Best Actor and several international recognitions. Thus today on his birthday, let us take you through some of the outstanding performances of Kamal Hasaan.

Moondram Pirai:

Balu Mahendra’s classic left the audience awestruck when it hit the theatres. The disturbing climax had people in tears and one couldn’t stop empathising with Kamal Haasan’s character. The film tells the story of Cheenu, who falls in love with an amnesiac patient Bhagyalakshmi (Sridevi). The way Haasan emotes in the film, goes without saying, makes it a top-notch performance. Kamal Haasan received his first National Award for Moondram Pirai.

Salangai Oli:

Salangai Oli is based on Balakrishna, a trained Kuchipudi dancer, and Kamal Hassan had to learn Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak to get a hang of it for his character in the film. Salangai Oli received the National Award for the Best Feature Film and it was screened at the International Film Festival of India in 1984. After all these years, the film is still remembered in the industry for the sheer brilliance of a scene where Kamal showcases the various Indian classical dances.


When Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan saw the light of the day, it not only ruffled the traditional audience but also became a landmark film in India. Nayagan made it to Time Magazine’s All-Time100 Best Films. While people misrepresent Nayagan as India’s reply to Godfather, in actuality, it was based on real-life Mumbai don Varadaraja Mudaliar. Kamal Haasan’s portrayal of Velu Naicker’s journey still leaves us with goosebumps, especially the confrontation scene with his rebellious daughter Charumathi.

Hey Ram:

This Kamal Haasan film is one of the most underrated films in Indian cinema. Hey Ram is a multi-layered film that deals with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.The film portrays with Hindu-Muslim conflicts against the backdrop of the Partition. actor received flak from Hindu extremists for the volatile content of the film. A ban on the film was also demanded. Like many of his films, Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram was also India’s official entry to the Oscars that year.
 Anbe Sivam:

Anbe Sivam tells the story of an unexpected journey undertaken by Nallasivam (Kamal Haasan) and Anbarasu (Madhavan) – two men with opposing ideologies. Anbe Sivam touches upon several themes, including communism, atheism and altruism, and resonates Haasan’s core principle of being a Humanist. Kamal Hassan in the scene where he explains the whole concept of  ‘Love is God’ gives an all-new dimension to the audience’s perception of life and divinity.

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