Today (August 12) is going to be a milestone in ‘Ulaganayagan’ Kamal Hassan’s career. He completes 50 years in film industry as he first appeared in front of a camera as a child artist in AVM’s Kalathur Kannamma, on August 12, 1959.
Kamal was five years old when he did Kalaththur Kannamma directed by Bhim Singh in which Gemini Ganesan and Savitri played lead roles, He won the best child actor National Award for his performance in the film.
He has acted in the films of all the four South Indian languages and even in Hindi and Bengali films. No other actor in the country has achieved such distinctions in his career and created milestones for himself.
There were unconfirmed reports that his fans were going to celebrate this event in a grand manner, but when contacted, his media manager Nikhil Murugan said that no such things are planned and it will be just be another day for the actor.
Kamal, an encyclopedia of cinema, had teamed up with IIT-Madras a few months back to conduct an ‘international workshop and seminar on screenwriting’ to stress the importance of screenplay in cinema.
Many celebrated writers and top film makers of India took part in the workshop including veteran writer Jean Claude Carriere. Says Kamal the proud workshop architect: “International masters came to help. I never had such a chance when I started”.
He says: “I am happy with the fact that people have been kind to me, including my teachers, my technicians and even my critics. I consider myself as being fortunate, lucky not having some nasty accident”
Kamal is all excited about his latest film Unnaipol Oruvan in Tamil and its Telugu version, Eenadu, a remake of that critically acclaimed Bollywood hit A Wednesday. After completing this film, he will be doing two films simultaneously with KS Ravikumar and Myskkin for which discussions are on.
We at Sify.com salute Kamal Hassan