Kamal Haasan's journey from stardom to politics
Kamal Haasan's journey from stardom to politics

Kamal Haasan is one of the most famous names in Indian film industry. It has been five decades since Kamal has been contributing his bit to the industry. In addition to his acting prowess, the Kollywood star is also popular for his actions towards empowerment of society. From a child artist to a heart throb and later emerging as a veteran who experimented with scripts and characters, actor-director-producer Kamal Haasan  donned a new role when he took the political plunge. 

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In February 2018, Kamal Haasan launched his political party, ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’, which literally translates to People’s Justice Centre. Haasan has had a chequered film career after making his debut in 1960 Tamil film ‘Kalathur Kannamma’ portraying the character of an innocent orphaned boy. After a stint as dance assistant, he was picked up by veteran film maker and Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient late K Balachander, whose stable produced another ace, ‘supestar’ Rajinikanth, in the 1970s.

He has won several awards during the career in which he also made his Hindi debut with the 1981 superhit ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’, directed by Balachander. Known for his mix of romantic and action scripts as a young hero, he slowly started treading the less taken path, often experimenting with scripts and characters, even as his acting prowess started earning him comparisons with thespian late Sivaji Ganesan.

If Kamal’s gangster flick ‘Nayagan’ was often compared by his fans to Marlon Brando-starrer ‘The Godfather’, ‘Pushpak’ became a trend-setter without its dialogue-less script where only facial expressions mattered. The actor was hailed for his professional commitment, earning plaudits. The actor’s most challenging time came in 2012-13 when some Muslim groups opposed his ‘Vishwaroopam’ for his portrayal of their community, threatening the release of the multi-crore film shot in India and the US.

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