86 Facts About Kamal Haasan


Kamal Haasan was born on 7 November 1954 and is an Indian actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, playback singer, television presenter and politician who works mainly in Tamil cinema and has appeared in some Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada and Bengali films.


Kamal Haasan is regarded as one of the finest actors in the Indian cinema.


Kamal Haasan has won numerous accolades, including Four National Film Awards, Nine Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Four Nandi Awards, One Rashtrapati Award, Two Filmfare Awards and 17 Filmfare Awards South.


Kamal Haasan was awarded the Kalaimamani Award in 1984, the Padma Shri in 1990, the Padma Bhushan in 2014 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2016.


Kamal Haasan started his career as a child artist in the 1960 Tamil-language film Kalathur Kannamma, for which he won the President's Gold Medal.


Kamal Haasan won his first National Film Award for his portrayal of a guileless school teacher who cares for a woman who suffers from retrograde amnesia in Moondram Pirai.


Kamal Haasan was noted for his performances in K Viswanath's Sagara Sangamam, Swathi Muthyam, Mani Ratnam's Nayakan, and S Shankar's Indian.

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In September 2010, Kamal Haasan launched a children's cancer relief fund and gave roses to children with cancer at Sri Ramachandra University in Porur, Chennai.


Kamal Haasan was nominated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Swachh Bharat Mission.


Kamal Haasan has received the Golden Visa from United Arab Emirates.


Kamal Haasan received his primary education in Paramakudi before moving to Madras as his brothers pursued their higher education.


Kamal Haasan continued his education in Santhome, Madras, and was attracted towards film and fine arts as encouraged by his father.


Kamal Haasan won the Rashtrapati Award for his performance in Kalathur Kannamma at age six and starred in five more films as a child.


Kamal Haasan debuted in the Malayalam film industry with Kannum Karalum.


Kamal Haasan went on to assist Thankappan in films such as Annai Velankani and Kasi Yathirai.


Kamal Haasan went on to do supporting roles in films such as Gumasthavin Magal, Aval Oru Thodar Kathai and Naan Avanillai.


Kamal Haasan played a rebellious young man who falls in love with an older woman.


In 1976, Haasan appeared Balachander's Manmadha Leelai; this was followed by Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu, which won him his third Filmfare Award.


In 1977 Kamal Haasan starred in his first Kannada film, Kokila, the directorial debut of friend and mentor Balu Mahendra.


In 1978 Kamal Haasan made his Telugu film debut with a lead role in the cross-cultural romantic Maro Charitra, directed by Balachander.


Kamal Haasan appeared in the Malayalam film Eeta, for which he won his sixth Filmfare Award.


Kamal Haasan appeared in the musical Ninaithale Inikkum, a snake-horror film Neeya and Kalyanaraman.


Kamal Haasan made his 100th film appearance in 1981 in Raja Paarvai, debuting as a producer.


Kamal Haasan left Bollywood temporarily after Geraftaar and Dekha Pyar Tumhara to feature in Japanil Kalyanaraman.


In 1986, Haasan produced the technically brilliant Vikram and collaborated with Kodandarami Reddy for Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu and then K Viswanath in Swathi Muthyam, playing an autistic person who tries to change society and won him his second Nandi Award for Best Actor.

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Kamal Haasan received his second Indian National Award for his performance; Nayakan was submitted by India as its entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1987 Academy Awards, and is on the Time's All-Time 100 Movies list.


Kamal Haasan appeared in his only silent film to date: Pushpaka Vimana a black comedy film, in which he played an unemployed youth and earned him a first Filmfare Award in Kannada.


In 1990, Michael Madana Kama Rajan saw Kamal Haasan build on Apoorva Sagodharargal by playing quadruplets.


Kamal Haasan won successive Best Actor awards for his portrayal of deranged, obsessive protagonists in Gunaa and Thevar Magan.


Kamal Haasan was credited with the story for the latter.


Kamal Haasan won his third National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil as a producer for Thevar Magan.


Kamal Haasan won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Best Actor for Indian.


Kamal Haasan chose Shantanu Sheorey to direct the Hindi remake of Avvai Shanmughi, Chachi 420, but after dissatisfaction with five days of shooting Haasan took over as director.


In 1997 Kamal Haasan began directing an unfinished biopic of Mohammed Yusuf Khan, Marudhanayagam; a forty five minutes of film and a trailer was shot.


Kamal Haasan directed his second film, Hey Ram, a period drama, told in flashback, with a fact-based plot centering on the partition of India and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.


Kamal Haasan produced and choreographed the film, writing its screenplay and lyrics; it was India's submission for the Academy Awards that year.


Also in 2000, Kamal Haasan appeared in the comedy Thenali as a Sri Lankan Tamilian with PTSD who is under a psychiatrist's care.


Kamal Haasan's performance was praised by critics, with The Hindu saying that he "has done Tamil cinema proud".


Kamal Haasan appeared Kannada comedy film Rama Shama Bhama with Ramesh Aravind.


In 2006 Kamal Haasan's long-delayed project, the stylish police story Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, was a success.


Kamal Haasan then produced and starred in Unnaipol Oruvan, a remake of the Bollywood film A Wednesday, where he reprised the role originally played by Naseeruddin Shah with Malayalam actor Mohanlal playing Anupam Kher's role.


Kamal Haasan was set to reprise his role of Balram Naidu from Dasavathaaram in a spin-off film directed by himself titled Sabaash Naidu.


Kamal Haasan considered directing full-time if Hey Ram was successful, but changed his mind when the film failed at the box office.


Kamal Haasan attended workshops for makeup technicians in the US for several years, and trained as a makeup artist under Michael Westmore.


Kamal Haasan wrote the lyrics for a single in Hey Ram, songs in Virumaandi and Unnaipol Oruvan and the album for Manmadhan Ambu.

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Kamal Haasan is a playback singer, singing in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and English.


Kamal Haasan wrote the lyrics for a song about the Coronavirus and released its music video, "Arivum Anbum".


The album, composed by Ghibran and directed by Kamal Haasan, featured Anirudh Ravichander, Yuvan Shankar Raja and a number of other contemporary performers.


In 2021, Kamal Haasan featured in a song 'Shades of Blue: A Musical Tribute to Venmurasu' composed by Rajan Somasundaram and released by Director Mani Ratnam in honor of Venmurasu, the longest novel ever written in any language.


In 2022, Kamal Haasan was the lyricist and the playback singer for the song "Pathala Pathala" from Vikram.


Kamal Haasan made his return on Star Vijay TV, hosting the first season of Bigg Boss Tamil in 2017.


Kamal Haasan hosted the second season of Bigg Boss Tamil 2 which started its telecast on 17 June 2018, Bigg Boss Tamil 3 which started its telecast on 23 June 2019 and Bigg Boss Tamil 4 which started telecast on 4 October 2020.


Kamal Haasan hosted Bigg Boss Tamil 5 which started to telecast from 3 October 2021.


Kamal Haasan exited the show after the third week owing to scheduling conflicts with his film Vikram.


Kamal Haasan launched his personal fashion line brand called KH House of Khaddar.


Kamal Haasan was the youngest of four children; his siblings are Charuhasan, Chandrahasan and Nalini.


Kamal Haasan has alluded to his parents in some of his works, notably Unnaipol Oruvan and in the song "Kallai Mattum" in Dasavathaaram.


Kamal Haasan's oldest brother Charuhasan, like Haasan, is a National Film Award-winning actor who appeared in the Kannada film Tabarana Kathe.


Kamal Haasan's sister, Nalini Raghu, is a dance teacher for whom he named an auditorium.


In 1978, at age 24, Kamal Haasan married dancer Vani Ganapathy.


Kamal Haasan acted with Haasan in the 1975 movie Melnaattu Marumagal.


Kamal Haasan has often questioned the existence of God and has highlighted the theme in his films like Anbe Sivam and Dasavathaaram.


Kamal Haasan was mistaken to be Muslim because of his Arabic-sounding name, most notably when he was denied preclearance to travel to the United States by Customs and Border Protection authorities at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2002.


In Sanskrit Kamal Haasan means "lotus", but it was rumoured that his name originated with a friend of his father.


Kamal Haasan said that his entering politics would result in his death within a year.

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Kamal Haasan received the first Abraham Kovoor National Award for his humanist activities and secular life in 2004.


In September 2010 Kamal Haasan launched a children's cancer relief fund and gave roses to children with cancer at Sri Ramachandra University in Porur, Chennai.


Kamal Haasan has pledged his product-endorsement income to social causes.


Kamal Haasan was nominated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Swachh Bharat campaign.


Kamal Haasan chose to clean the Madambakkam lake in Chennai with the Environmentalist Foundation of India's Arun Krishnamurthy on 7 November 2014.


Kamal Haasan formed the centrist party Makkal Needhi Maiam, a regional political party in Tamil Nadu.


Kamal Haasan formally announced the party's formation on 21 February 2018 in Madurai.


Kamal Haasan's party contested in 37 seats in 2019 Indian general election and lost.


Kamal Haasan unsuccessfully contested the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election from Coimbatore South and lost to BJP Mahila Morcha President Vanathi Srinivasan by a narrow margin.


Kamal Haasan received, in 1990, the Padma Shri, and, in 2014, the Padma Bhushan for his contributions to Indian cinema.


Kamal Haasan is tied with Mammootty for the second most Best Actor National Film Awards with three.


Kamal Haasan won a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for producing the 1992 Tamil film, Thevar Magan.


Kamal Haasan has a record 19 Filmfare Awards in five languages; after his last award, in 2000, he wrote to the organisation requesting no further awards.


Kamal Haasan received the Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema at the inaugural Vijay Awards in 2006.


Kamal Haasan received the Living Legend Award in 2007 from FICCI.


Kamal Haasan received the Kalaimamani Award from the government of Tamil Nadu in 1979.


Kamal Haasan is on the academic advisory council for ISFM, and was the first Indian actor invited aboard an American ship as a special friend of the US.


Kamal Haasan is one of 20 film celebrities recognised by Coca-Cola India with the launch of the 24th edition of the Limca Book of Records in 2013.


In 2015, Kamal Haasan was criticised by the-then Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, who stated that Kamal Haasan was "confused" and had "blabbered", unaware of the ground reality for his statement on the government's response to rain relief efforts.


Kamal Haasan was criticised by Nayakan producer Muktha Srinivasan for his article in The Hindu taking unnecessary credit for that film.

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In November 2017, Kamal Haasan said that right-wing Hindus have started employing extremism to propagate their communal agenda.