KAMAL HASAN LIFE               சநதனKamal Haasan (Tamil: கமல ஹாசன;born 7 November 1954) is an Indian film actor,screenwrite...
After several projects as a child artist, KamalHaasans breakthrough into lead acting camewith his role in the 1975 drama A...
into films. One version has it that, as a little boy,he accompanied a doctor who went to treat an illwoman at the home of ...
Tamil films in the subsequent few years co-starring with Sivaji Ganesan and M. G.Ramachandran. On seeing Kamals interests ...
Balachanders Arangetram (1973). He playedantagonistic characters in SollathaanNinaikkiren and Gumasthavin Magal, both co-s...
later went on to become one of the mostsuccessful actors in the Tamil film industry.Success in the south: 1976–1980The lat...
another friend and mentor, Balu Mahendra. Thesame year, he acted in a Bengali film, Kabita. In1978, he debuted in the Telu...
Sigappu in 1980, where he played anunemployed youth. Kamal Haasan also made aguest–cameo appearance in the RajnikanthsThil...
fetched him his first Nandi Award for BestActor and second Filmfare Best Telugu ActorAward.After the successful multi star...
and many of his later Tamil films were regularlydubbed in Telugu. Following PunnagaiMannan, in which he portrayed dual rol...
hero to date, titled Chanakyan. The multi-starrerfilm was critically acclaimed and was a hit.The 1980s saw the transformat...
the deranged, obsessive protagonist in Guna andThevar Magan, where he played the son of actorSivaji Ganesan. Guna met with...
fighter and his untrustful son, the film also wonKamal Haasan regional awards and plaudits forhis portrayal. Moreover, bot...
to budget constraints, the film failed tomaterialize into a feature film, but he has sincestated his interest in building ...
Films.Despite much publicity prior to release,the film failed commercially, and he opted torepay distributors who had suff...
in K. S. Ravikumars Dasavathaaram portrayingten distinct roles in the venture, which remainsone of the most expensive Indi...
Krishnan and was released in December 2010.The story revolves around a man who hires adetective to find out if he is being...
work under him and gain his direct guidance. Hewanted to turn a technician after his comebackinto adult roles. Speaking ab...
Personal lifeFamilyKamal Haasan filmed with M. G. RamachandranKamal Haasan was born in the town ofParamakudi in the Ramana...
in Unnaipol Oruvan as well as in the song KallaiMattum from Dasavathaaram.His eldest brotherCharuhasan, like Kamal Haasan,...
exploited by the media. In his early career, heco-starred in several films with actress Srividya.The pair were reported to...
(born 1991), the former is a singer as well as anupcoming actress, while the latter is pursuinghigher studies in Bangalore...
from an annulled marriage also lives with them.[64]Religious viewsKamal Haasan, despite being born into a HinduBrahmin fam...
Humanitarian workKamal Haasan is actively involved in severalsocial service activities through his fan clubsunder the bann...
Literary contributionsKamal Haasan was involved in running themagazine Mayyam, which was run by the KamalHaasan Welfare As...
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  1. 1. KAMAL HASAN LIFE சநதனKamal Haasan (Tamil: கமல ஹாசன;born 7 November 1954) is an Indian film actor,screenwriter, and director, considered to be oneof the leading method actors of Indian cinema.[1][2] He is widely acclaimed as an actor and is wellknown for his versatility in acting.[3][4][5] KamalHaasan has won several Indian film awards,including four National Film Awards andnumerous Filmfare Awards, and is known forhaving starred in the largest number of filmssubmitted by India in contest for the AcademyAward for Best Foreign Language Film. Inaddition to acting, screenwriting and directing,he has also featured in films as a songwriter,playback singer, choreographer and lyricist.Hisfilm production company, RajkamalInternational, has produced several of his films.In 2009, he became one of very few Indianactors to have completed 50 years in cinema.[8]Kamal Haasan is also a recipient of an Honorarydoctorate by Sathyabama University.[9] 1
  2. 2. After several projects as a child artist, KamalHaasans breakthrough into lead acting camewith his role in the 1975 drama ApoorvaRaagangal, in which he played a rebelliousyouth in love with an older woman. He securedhis second Indian National Film Award for hisportrayal of a guileless school teacher who tendsa child-like amnesiac in 1982s Moondram Pirai.He was particularly noted for his performance inMani Ratnams Godfatheresque Tamil filmNayagan (1987), which was ranked by Timemagazine as one of the best films of all time.[10]Since then he has gone on to appear in othernotable films such as his own productions, HeyRam and Virumaandi, as well as theDasavathaaram, in which he appeared in tendistinct roles.CareerDebut as child artiste: 1959–1963After shifting from Paramakudi with his familyfor his mothers medical treatment, KamalHaasan was enrolled at Holy Angels school in T.Nagar. As a child, he became interested indance.There are two versions regarding his entry 2
  3. 3. into films. One version has it that, as a little boy,he accompanied a doctor who went to treat an illwoman at the home of movie mogul A VMeyyappa Chettiar (father of AVM Saravanan).On hearing loud shouting from a first-floortenant of the bungalow, the doctor becameuneasy. Young Kamal Haasan strode up thestairway to ask the noisemaker not to shout overthe phone as someone was ill, leaving the personastonished. An impressed Meyyappa Chettiarlater provided him an entry into films.The otherversion is that when young boy Kamal Haasanaccompanied a family doctor of MeyyappaChettiar to his house, producer AVM Saravanannoticed Kamal as a hyperactive child. She tookhim over and introduced to AV MeyyappaChettiar who was looking for a young boy toplay a role in the movie Kalathur Kannamma.Kamal Haasan made his film debut as a four-year-old child artist in Kalathur Kannamma,which was directed by A. Bhimsingh andreleased on 12 August 1959. He was cast alongwith the veteran Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan,winning the National Film Award for Best ChildArtist.[14] He acted as a child actor in five other 3
  4. 4. Tamil films in the subsequent few years co-starring with Sivaji Ganesan and M. G.Ramachandran. On seeing Kamals interests inarts, his parents supported and helped him jointhe TKS Nataka Sabha, an old-style theatre. T.K. Shanmugam was Kamals guru in the theatre.During this period, he continued with his schooleducation at Hindu High School in Triplicanewhile still being a prominent part of the theatretroupe. He learned acting by watching his guruShanmugam perform on stage and acquired hisinterest in make-up from Shanmugam.[11][15]Breakthrough and experimentation:1970–75Following a seven-year hiatus from films,Haasan returned to the industry with the hope ofjoining the technical crew in films but wasselected to appear in supporting roles in severalfilms. He re-entered the film industry playing hisfirst adult role in Maanavan (1970), appearingonly for a dance sequence. It was followed bysupporting roles in films such as, AnnaiVelankani for which he was also an assistantdirector. His first notable role was in K. 4
  5. 5. Balachanders Arangetram (1973). He playedantagonistic characters in SollathaanNinaikkiren and Gumasthavin Magal, both co-starring Sivakumar. His first character role wasin Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974), anotherfemale-centric film of K. Balachander. After afew more films in Tamil, he did Naan Avan Illai,which was the final supporting role beforeestablishing himself as a lead actor.He won his first regional Filmfare Award in hisMalayalam debut film Kanyakumari (1974), inwhich he played the lead role. Soon hegraduated to play lead roles. However, his firstmajor break as a lead actor came in ApoorvaRaagangal, for which he also won his firstFilmfare award in Tamil.The film dealt with theexploration of age-gap relationships and went onto win the National Film Award for Best FeatureFilm in Tamil. For his role, he learned themridangam. It is considered as one of the all-time classics of Tamil cinema and was directedby his mentor, K. Balachander. The film alsosaw the entry of Rajnikanth, who would playprominent roles in several films of Haasan and 5
  6. 6. later went on to become one of the mostsuccessful actors in the Tamil film industry.Success in the south: 1976–1980The late 1970s was a period that saw Haasanscontinued collaboration with K. Balachander,who cast him in many of his social-themedfilms. In 1976, Balachander cast him as awomaniser trying to woo many women inManmadha Leelai which was followed by OruOodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu, which won himhis second consecutive Regional Filmfare(Tamil) Best Actor Award. Later, Kamal Haasanappeared in the drama Moondru Mudichu withRajinikanth and Sridevi, another Balachanderfilm. Avargal (1977) was one of the mostsensitive movies on woman liberation, for whichhe learnt the art of ventriloquism.[18] The filmwas also remade in Telugu as Idi Katha Kaadu(1979) with Haasan repeating his role. 16Vayathinile won him his third consecutive bestactor award, where he appeared as a villagebumpkin, along with Rajinikanth and Sridevi. In1977, he starred in his first Kannada film,Kokila, which was the directorial debut of 6
  7. 7. another friend and mentor, Balu Mahendra. Thesame year, he acted in a Bengali film, Kabita. In1978, he debuted in the Telugu film industry asa lead actor with the cross-cultural romanticfilm, Maro Charithra directed by K.Balachander. The film was regarded a cult-classic and was also Haasans first major hit. Hisfourth consecutive Filmfare award came withSigappu Rojakkal, an anti-hero thriller in whichhe played a psychopathic sexual killer.Few of the other famous films in this periodwere the Telugu film Sommokadidhi Sokkadidhi,where he played dual roles, the musicalentertainer Ninaithale Inikkum, the snake horrorfilm Neeya and Kalyanaraman.At the end of this period, he had won sixregional Best Actor Filmfare Awards, includingfour consecutive Best Tamil Actor Awards andbecame a famous actor in South India by havingstarred in all languages.Bollywood foray: 1980sKamal Haasans pairing with the actress Sridevicontinued with Tamil classic Varumayin Niram 7
  8. 8. Sigappu in 1980, where he played anunemployed youth. Kamal Haasan also made aguest–cameo appearance in the RajnikanthsThillu Mullu. He made his Bollywood debutwith Ek Duuje Ke Liye, the remake of hisTelugu-language film, Maro Charithra, also byK. Balachander which earned him his firstFilmfare nomination. He made his 100th filmappearance in 1981 with Raja Paarvai, whichalso marked his debut in film production.Despite this films relatively poor reception atthe cinemas, his portrayal of a blind sessionviolinist earned him a Filmfare Award.Following a year of starring in commercially-oriented films, he won his first of three NationalAwards for Best Actor with his portrayal of aschool teacher who looks after an amnesiapatient in Balu Mahendras Moondram Pirai,alter reprising the role in the Hindi version,Sadma.[During this time he concentrated more inBollywood acting in remakes of his Tamil films,most famously Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya andZara Si Zindagi. In 1983, he appeared in SagaraSangamam, directed by Kasinadhuni Viswanath.His portrayal as a drunkard classical dancer 8
  9. 9. fetched him his first Nandi Award for BestActor and second Filmfare Best Telugu ActorAward.After the successful multi starrer Raaj Tilak in1984, he acted in Saagar, released in 1985, forwhich he was awarded both the Filmfare BestActor Award and was nominated for a BestSupporting Actor Award at the same ceremonyfor this role. The film was Indias representativefor the Academy Award for the Best ForeignLanguage Film in 1985 Saagar portrayed himalongside Rishi Kapoor. The same year, heappeared in Geraftaar alongside AmitabhBachchan. He featured in Tamil cinemas firstsequel Japanil Kalyanaraman, which followedup his previous Kalyanaraman.n 1986, he again colloborated with K.Vishwanath in Swathi Muthyam which portrayedhim as an autistic person attempting to changesociety. The film was Indias official entry forthe Best Foreign Language Film for theAcademy Awards in 1986.The enormousresponse to these films in Tollywood helped himcapture a strong audience in Andhra Pradesh, 9
  10. 10. and many of his later Tamil films were regularlydubbed in Telugu. Following PunnagaiMannan, in which he portrayed dual rolesincluding a satire of Charlie Chaplin as ChaplinChellappa and Vetri Vizha as an amnesiac,Kamal Haasan appeared in Mani Ratnams 1987film Nayagan. Nayagan portrays the life of anunderworld don in Bombay. The story revolvedaround the life of a real-life underworld doncalled Varadarajan Mudaliar, whilesympathetically depicting the struggle of SouthIndians living in Mumbai. He received his thirdIndian National Award for his performance andNayagan was nominated by India as its entry forthe Best Foreign Language Film for theAcademy Awards in 1987. It was included in theTime top 100 movies list. In 1988, KamalHaasan appeared in his only silent film to date,Pushpak, a black comedy.In 1989, he appearedin three roles (one of which was that of a dwarf)in Apoorva Sagodharargal.] He then performeddual roles in Indrudu Chandrudu, winning theFilmfare Best Actor Award and Nandi Awardsfor his performance. In 1989, Kamal Haasanstarred in his last original Malayalam film as 10
  11. 11. hero to date, titled Chanakyan. The multi-starrerfilm was critically acclaimed and was a hit.The 1980s saw the transformation of KamalHaasan from a young heart-throb performer inTamil films to a nationally acclaimed starappreciated for his method acting. By the end of1980s, he had entered and tasted success inTelugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi filmindustries, had received Filmfare awards at eachof these film industries, three National awardsand had his performances recognized atinternational film festivals.Tryst with comedy: 1990sIn 1990, Michael Madhana Kamarajan sawKamal Haasan go one step further from ApoorvaSagodharargal, acting in four different roles asquadruplets. It started an ongoing collaborationwith Crazy Mohan, a dialogue writer, for futurecomedy films.]The film became a blockbuster,and his portrayals were all critically praised; onecook role formed the crux for a future venture byhis production house. Kamal Haasan wonsuccessive Best Actor awards for his portrayal of 11
  12. 12. the deranged, obsessive protagonist in Guna andThevar Magan, where he played the son of actorSivaji Ganesan. Guna met with critical acclaimbut failed commercially, while the latter becamea big success and was remade into Hindi asVirasat. Kamal Haasan was credited for thestory and became Indias submission for theAcademy Awards that year. After a series offilms such as Singaravelan, Maharasan andKalaignan, he played a cheated villager in theemotionally draining and underrated classicMahanadi. Six years after it released, it waspremiered at the Rotterdam festival. He thenbegan to appear in comedies such as SathiLeelavathi, based on the English film She-Devil.The film, his home production, featured himopposite comedienne Kovai Sarala and itssuccess led to further regional remakes. He alsorenewed his collobaration with KasinadhuniViswanath in his last Telugu-language film todate, Subha Sankalpam. In 1995, Kamal Haasanstarred in the police story Kuruthipunal. Hissuccess in Kuruthipunal was followed by histhird National Film Award for Best Actor, forthe film Indian. Playing dual roles of a freedom 12
  13. 13. fighter and his untrustful son, the film also wonKamal Haasan regional awards and plaudits forhis portrayal. Moreover, both films were alsoselected as Indias submissions for the AcademyAwards in their respective release years.Kamal Haasan appeared as a woman in AvvaiShanmughi, inspired by the Hollywoodproduction Mrs. Doubtfire.[28] He initially chosenoted adfilm maker Shantanu Sheorey to directthe Hindi remake of Avvai Shanmughi, titledChachi 420.[29] But unhappy with the complaintsafter five days of shoot and after checking theactual result, he took over as director. In 1997,Kamal Haasan began his first directorial venture,the biopic of Mohammed Yusuf Khan,Marudhanayagam, which failed to complete itsschedules with only half an hour and a trailerbeing recorded during its shootMarudhanayagam had been speculated to be thebiggest and most expensive film in Indiancinema with a number of high profile actorstechnicians signing up for roles. Moreover, thefilm was launched in a highly publicizedceremony by Elizabeth II of the UnitedKingdom during her visit to India in 1997.Due 13
  14. 14. to budget constraints, the film failed tomaterialize into a feature film, but he has sincestated his interest in building up funds for theproject.Hey Ram and onwards: 2000–presentFollowing a two-year hiatus in Indian cinema,he opted against reviving his magnum opus,Marudhanayagam, and filmed his seconddirectorial venture, Hey Ram, a period dramatold in flashback with a semi-fictional plotcentering around Indias Partition and theassassination of Mahatma Gandhi. KamalHaasan also took on roles as the writer, thelyricist and the choreographer as well asproducing the film under his home banner. Thefilm, also featured Shahrukh Khan and wasIndias submission for the Academy Awards thatyear. His following film was Aalavandhan,where he portrayed two distinct roles, for one ofwhich he had his head shaved bald and gainedten kilograms. To play the other army major inAlavandaan (Abhay, in Hindi), he went to theNDA for a crash course. The Hindi versionAbhay was distributed by reputed Shringar 14
  15. 15. Films.Despite much publicity prior to release,the film failed commercially, and he opted torepay distributors who had suffered losses withthe film.Following a series of successful comedies inThenali, Panchathantiram and Pammal K.Sambandam and a couple of guest appearances,Kamal Haasan directed his third feature film inVirumaandi, a film about the death penaltywhich won the Best Asian Film award at PuchonInternational Fantastic Film Festival.KamalHaasan also appeared in Anbe Sivam alongsideMadhavan. Priyadarshan, who started the film,departed allowing commercial director Sundar Cto complete the film. Anbe Sivam told the storyof Nallasivam, enacted by Kamal Haasan as acommunist. Kamal Haasans performance washighly lauded by critics with The Hindu statingthat he "has once again done Tamil cinemaproud".Kamal Haasan then appeared in the remake filmVasool Raja alongside Sneha. In 2006, Haasanslong delayed project, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaaduemerged as a blockbuster. In 2008, he appeared 15
  16. 16. in K. S. Ravikumars Dasavathaaram portrayingten distinct roles in the venture, which remainsone of the most expensive Indian films evermade.Featuring him opposite Asin Thottumkal,the film became the highest grossing film ever inTamil cinema, beating the previous 2007 record,and won him critical praise for hisperformance.In Canada, the film was distributedby Walt Disney Pictures, the first Tamil film tobe done so. The film ultimately grossed morethan 250 crores worldwide. He had written thestory and screenplay for the project.Following the completion of Dasavathaaram,Kamal Haasan opted to direct his fourthdirectorial venture, with a film tentatively titledMarmayogi, which after a year of pre-productionbecame stalled. He then opted to produce andstar in a venture, Unnaipol Oruvan, co-starringhim with Mohanlal. The film, which had ShrutiHaasan appear as the music director, became asuccessful venture for him at the box office.[48]Kamal Haasan worked on his fifth collaborationwith Ravikumar, in Manmadan Ambu, for whichhe also wrote the dialogues and screenplay. Thefilm also featured Madhavan and Trisha 16
  17. 17. Krishnan and was released in December 2010.The story revolves around a man who hires adetective to find out if he is being cheated by hisfiancée. This film completed one monthsuccessfully but was officially declared anaverage film.Off-screen contributionsIn addition to acting, Kamal Haasan has alsoplayed various roles behind the camera and isknown for his involvement in several aspects offilm-making. He wrote the story and/or screen-play for many of his films including RajaPaarvai, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Guna, ThevarMagan, Mahanadhi, Hey Ram, Aalavandhan,Anbe Sivam, Nala Damayanthi, Virumaandi,Dasavathaaram and Manmadhan Ambu. Hisfilm production company, RajkamalInternational, has produced several of his films.He also directed the films Chachi 420, Hey Ramand Virumaandi. He considered taking up filmdirection full time, if Hey Ram was a success,but did not do so as the film was a box officefailure.In 2010, he stated his intention to directmore films as many young actors had wished to 17
  18. 18. work under him and gain his direct guidance. Hewanted to turn a technician after his comebackinto adult roles. Speaking about it in a lightervein, he once said, "Film makers like K.Balachander told me that I won’t be able makemuch money by being a technician. So the endresult is that the star Kamal funds the technicianKamal in pursuing his dreams".Kamal hasattended workshops for make-up techniques inUS for several years and once trained as a make-up man under Michael Westmore.Kamal Haasan is also well known as a song-writer. He first penned lyrics for Hey Ram andfollowed it with films like Virumaandi, UnnaiPol Oruvan and Manmadhan Ambu. They werewell received by his peers in the Tamil filmindustry. Kamal Haasan is also a playbacksinger. He has sung close to 70 songs in Tamil,Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and English. 18
  19. 19. Personal lifeFamilyKamal Haasan filmed with M. G. RamachandranKamal Haasan was born in the town ofParamakudi in the Ramanathapuram district ofTamil Nadu, to a criminal lawyer named D.Srinivasan and his wife Rajalakshmi. He wasborn as an Iyengar Brahmin. Kamal Haasan wasthe youngest of four children, the others beingCharuhasan, Chandrahasan and Nalini Raghu.His father was a martinet. He wanted all his sons(Chandrahasan, Charuhasan, Kamalahaasan) tostudy and do well. The two elder brothersfollowed their father’s example and studied law.Kamal spent his childhood learning everythingexcept staying focussed on his studies.Kamal Haasan had referred to his parents incouple of his films, with references being made 19
  20. 20. in Unnaipol Oruvan as well as in the song KallaiMattum from Dasavathaaram.His eldest brotherCharuhasan, like Kamal Haasan, is a NationalFilm Award-winning actor, who appeared in theKannada film Tabarana Kathe, among others.Kamals niece (Charuhasans daughter), Suhasiniis also a National Film Award winner and ismarried to director and fellow Award winnerMani Ratnam, who collaborated with KamalHaasan on 1987s Nayagan.Chandra Haasan hasappeared as the producer for several of KamalHaasans films as well as being an executive ofKamal Haasans home production company,Rajkamal International. His brothers daughterAnu Hasan has appeared in several films insupporting roles, most notably in SuhasinisIndira. His sister Nalini Raghu is a danceteacher. Kamal Haasan later named anauditorium after his sister as Nalini Mahal. Herson, Gautham, played Kamal Haasans grandsonin his directorial venture, Hey Ram.RelationshipsDespite his celebrated film career, his personallife had some setbacks which have been 20
  21. 21. exploited by the media. In his early career, heco-starred in several films with actress Srividya.The pair were reported to have been a part of anotorious affair in the 1970s, with theirrelationship being explored in the 2008-releasedMalayalam film, Thirakkatha by Renjith, withAnoop Menon portraying Kamal Haasan andPriyamani playing Srividya. Srividya, who diedin 2006, was visited by Kamal Haasan at herbedside during her final days.In 1978, at the ageof 24, Kamal Haasan married danseuse VaniGanapathy, who was older than he was. Vani puton the mantle of costume designer for herhusbands movies and was publicized forwalking along with Haasan into the FilmfareAwards South ceremony of 1980 immediatelyafter their wedding. However, the couple splitafter ten years together, after Kamal Haasanbegan dating fellow actress Sarika, confirmingin a later interview that he and Vani have neverbeen in touch since their divorce.Subsequently, Kamal Haasan and Sarika livedtogether from 1988, opting to marry only afterhaving their second child. Of the two children:Shruti Haasan (born 1986) and Akshara Haasan 21
  22. 22. (born 1991), the former is a singer as well as anupcoming actress, while the latter is pursuinghigher studies in Bangalore. Sarika took a breakfrom acting soon after her marriage with KamalHaasan. However, she replaced his ex-wife,Vani Ganapathy, as Haasans costume designer,with acclaimed work in Hey Ram. The couplefiled for divorce in 2002, with Sarika estrangingherself from Kamal Haasan by the end of theprocedure in 2004. His intimate relationshipwith co-star Simran Bagga, who is twenty-twoyears younger, became the reason for thesplit.However, Haasans relationship withSimran, who appeared opposite him in twoconsecutive ventures with Pammal K.Sambandam and Panchathantiram, was short-lived as Simran went on to marry her childhoodfriend in late 2003.[63] Haasan now lives withformer actress Gouthami Tadimalla, who co-starred with him in several films in the late 80sand early 90s. He had helped her during hertraumatic experience suffering from breastcancer and the pair have been in a domesticrelationship since 2005. Along with Shruti andAkshara, Gouthamis daughter, Subbalakshmi, 22
  23. 23. from an annulled marriage also lives with them.[64]Religious viewsKamal Haasan, despite being born into a HinduBrahmin family, has declared himself as anatheist; many of his films, notably Mahanadiand the two films co-written by Kamal Haasan(Anbe Sivam and Dasavathaaram), havefeatured anti-theistic views.Kamal Haasan, hasalso been mistaken for a Muslim due to theIslamic nature of his surname, and was famouslystopped for his name at Toronto PearsonInternational Airport in 2002.[ The nameoriginated from a friend of his father, YaakobHassan, a Muslim freedom fighter who spenttime in prison with Kamal Haasans father whileimprisoned by the British. Yaakob Hassan hadprotected Srinivasan from other prisoners whohated the Brahmins. Later, he paid tribute to hisfriend by incorporating part of his name into hissons’ names.[ 23
  24. 24. Humanitarian workKamal Haasan is actively involved in severalsocial service activities through his fan clubsunder the banner Kamal Narpani Iyakkam.(Kamal Welfare Association) His fan clubs areinvolved in organising blood and eye donationdrives and donating education materials toschool students.He received the first AbrahamKovoor National Award for his HumanistActivities and Secular Life in 2004.He hasturned his fan associations into social serviceorganisations. He was also the projectambassador of Hridayaragam 2010, a fundraiserto set up an orphanage for HIV/AIDS-affectedchildren. In September 2010, Kamal Haasanlaunched a children’s cancer relief fund andpresented roses to children with cancer at SriRamachandra University in Porur on theoutskirts of Chennai.[He has also pledged toendorse consumer products and use the moneyfor social service. 24
  25. 25. Literary contributionsKamal Haasan was involved in running themagazine Mayyam, which was run by the KamalHaasan Welfare Association (Narpani Iyakkam).His views on a wide range of issues includingcinema, child and drug abuse and the Kashmirconflict, have been collected and published as abook titled Thedi Theerpom Va (Come, LetsSolve Together), by his fan association. Hisinterest in Tamil literature and his own writingskills are well known. 25

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