Kamal Haasan also known as Universal Hero (Ulaganayagan) is known for his realistic performance on screen and his dedication to Indian Cinema. He is an artist who never fails to expermiemt with his characters and stories and always concerned about delvering the best and different rather than delveiting a hit or flop.
Actor, Director, Script Writer, Producer, Playback Singer, Lyricist…Comedian, Villain, Lady role, Lead role…. there ain’t a film job or role that he hasn’t done yet and what’s more is he is always way ahead of his times. Here are 15 facts to prove that.
Kamal was awarded President’s Gold Medal for his debut film. But do you know at what age he made his debut? At the age of 4.
Just imagine a 4 year old receiving an award from President of India for his performance in Kalathur Kanamma (Malayalam film). He is such a born talent.
No matter how much he learns about filmmaking, it’s never enough for him. He goes to the USA sometimes to learn more about prosthetics and makeup. He also did makeup for actress Trisha Krishnan and co-actor Prakash Raj for the 2015 action thriller film Thoongavanam.
Inspired Quentin Tarantino
Kamal Haasan had played a double role in Aalavandhan (2001). He played both the protagonist and antagonist role in this psychological thriller. There is an action sequence in this film which was the first animation sequence made in an Asian film.
Quentin Tarantino revealed to Anurag Kashyap when he arrived Mumbai that it was that scene inspired him to make an animation sequence in his cult hit film Kill Bill: Volume 1.
Kamal played 10 roles in Dasavathaaram movie which was a record! And those mind blowing performances he delivered in every role is really something we had never seen before.
Here is how the prosthetics is done for all the roles. Watch the video
He is a recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. Received 3 best actor national awards and 19 Filmfare awards.
For the film Sagar, he received the best actor and also the best supporting actor award.
Kamal is the only actor awarded (Filmfare awards) the most number of times and across all languages. What’s more is he requested the Filmfare Association to not include his name for the future awards to ensure more youngsters get these awards as an encouragement.
He was awarded Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Government.
Stardom In India
May be the only Indian actor who is successful in multiple languages. Along with ruling Tamil cinema, he is popular in Hindi for Sadma, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Chachi 420 and popular in Telugu for movies like Maro Charitra, Swati Mutyam etc.
He is known for giving silver jubilee films in five languages: Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu and the only Indian actor to feature in 6 different languages: Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Bengali.
And one more thing: he can speak Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali and English fluently.
Every year one Indian film will be selected and will be submitted to Oscars. 7 of his films were submitted till now, out of which 3 films were submitted consecutively.
All of these films were submitted between 1985 to 2001 and what’s more is one of these films was directed by Kamal. The film is Hey Ram and it also stars Shahrukh Khan.
Kamal started working on his dream project Marudhanayagam and Queen Elizabeth II launched this film in 1997. In November 1997, it was reported that the film would cost almost ₹85 crore to make and would subsequently become the most expensive Indian film production till then.
Kamal’s VFX supervisor, Madhusudhanan revealed that Marudhanayagam was a world class script that could easily challenge any film on earth. It’s very unfortunate that the film didn’t happen.
Script writing software
Kamal Hassan is the first indian actor/writer to use a screenwriting software for writing a screenplay. He used it for Thevar Magan.
Aura 3D is an immersive audio format and it was first used in Indian cinema by Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam.
First Digital Film
Raaj Kamal Films (Kamal’s production house) became successful in delivering the first digital film: Mumbai Xpress. Yup, this Kama Haasan starrer was shot in the pioneering Red epic camera. The makers used 3ccd camera.
Now a days filmmaking is mostly driven by technology and computer graphics. Have you seen Shahrukh Khan’s Zero? The one in which SRK played a swarf. Well, Kamal played a dwarf role in 1989 in Apoorva Sagodarargal and he did it without using computer graphics. The team acheived this rare feat just by using some camera tricks.
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