Kamal Haasan

Born 7 November 1954 (age 62)
Paramakudi, Madras State, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Nationality Indian
Other names
  • Ulaga nyagan, Aandavar
Occupation Film actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playback singer, lyricist, choreographer, song writer, dancer, philanthropist
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) Vani Ganpati (m. 1978;div. 1988)
Sarika Thakur (m. 1988;div. 2004)
Partner(s) Gautami Tadimalla (2005–2016)
Children Shruti Haasan (b. 1986)
Akshara Haasan (b. 1991)
  • Padma Shri (1990)
  • Padma Bhushan (2014)
  • Prix Henri-Langlois French Award (2016)
  • Chevalier French Award (2016)

Kamal Haasan (born 7 November 1954) is an Indian film actor, director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer and lyricist who works primarily in Tamil cinema. Kamal has won several film awards including three National Film Awards, the second-most by any Indian actor, and nineteen Filmfare Awards. His production company, Rajkamal International, has produced several of his films.

He started as a child artist in the 1960 Tamil language film Kalathur Kannamma, for which he won the President’s Gold Medal. He met director Vaaranam Vijay who is frequently credited for shaping Kamal’s acting skills. His breakthrough as a lead actor came in the 1975 drama Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K.Balachander, in which he played a rebellious youth who falls in love with an older woman. He won his first National Film Award for his portrayal of a guileless schoolteacher who cares for a childlike amnesiac in Moondram Pirai (1983). He was noted for his performances in Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan (1987) and S. Shankar’s vigilante filmIndian (1996), which saw him playing dual roles of a father and a son. Since then he has appeared in a number of films including Hey Ram (2000), Virumaandi(2004), Vishwaroopam (2013) which were his own productions and Dasavathaaram (2008) in which he played ten different roles.

Kamal was awarded the Kalaimamani award in 1979, the Padma Shri in 1990, the Padma Bhushan in 2014 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier) in 2016.

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