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Happy 61st Birthday Kamal Haasan: The actor’s top roles

On the occasion of Kamal Haasan's 61st birthday, we remember some of his best onscreen performances.

From directing, producing, writing and singing to choreography and of course acting, Kamal Haasan has done it all. But, it is his performances in films like 'Moondram Pirai', 'Nayagan' and 'Anbe Sivam' that make him one of the most respected and loved actors in India. On the occasion of Kamal Haasan's 61st birthday, we remember some of his best onscreen performances.

Moondram Pirai (1982): Kamal Haasan melted hearts with his portrayal of a school teacher who takes an amnesiac girl, played by Sridevi, under his wing. The duo shared a strong onscreen chemistry and the film received positive reviews. Kamal Haasan received the National Award for Best Actor that year. The film was remade in Hindi as Sadma.

Indian (1996): Kamal Haasan took on a double role - that of a father and son. Set against the background of corruption and national instability, Kamal Haasan played the role of a staunch freedom fighter that is determined to bring justice in his own way. Kamal Haasan was once again honoured with the National Award for Best Actor, for the third time.

Nayagan (1087): Kamal Haasan played the strong and deadly Sakthi Velu alias Velu Nayakan, an underworld don in Mani Ratnam’s crime film. Counted among Tami celluloid masterpieces, ‘Nayagan’ portrayed the hardships faced by South Indian’s living in Mumbai. Kamal Haasan walked away with a National Award for his performance.

Kanyakumari (1974): Kamal Haasan made his second appearance in Malayalam cinema with ‘K. S. Sethumadhavan’s ‘Kanyakumari. He played the role of a sand sculptor who falls in love with a girl selling pearls and bangles on the seashore. ‘Kanyakumari’ earned Kamal Haasan his first regional Filmfare Award.

Apoorva Raagangal (1975): Kamal Haasan romanced the beautiful Sridevi in K. Balachander’s ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ that also featured Mahendran, M. R. Bhairavi, Ranjani and Rajinikanth. The film received widespread critical acclaim and Kamal Haasan won Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.

Pushpak (1987): Kamal Haasan made everyone stand up and notice when he showed that he’s not afraid of experimenting. He starred in Singeetam Srinivasa Rao’s silent black comedy, ‘Pushpaka Vimana’, which tells the tale of a young man who gets to live the life of a millionaire for a day. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada. The film has received the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Hey Ram (2000): Directed, produced and written by Kamal Haasan, ‘Hey Ram’ featured the actor along with other big names like Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Hema Malini. The bilingual film centered on Partition in India and Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. ‘Hey Ram’ was chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars.

Aalavandhan (2001): Kamal Haasan played the lead in his own book adaptation of ‘Dayam’. The action thriller featured the actor in a dual role – one of a bald, beefy and highly dangerous psychopath, while the other was that of an Army commander. The movie was said to be an inspiration for ‘Kill Bill’, revealed director Quentin Tarantino in an interview.

Dasavathaaram (2008): Kamal Haasan played a total of ten roles in K. S. Ravikumar’s sci-fi film, ‘Dasavatharaam. The plot of the film revolves around bringing together the lives of several individuals beginning with the 12th century and ending with the 21st century. The film opened to mixed reviews, however it was a huge box office success. It received the Best Film Award and Kamal Haasan received the Best Actor Award at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Vishwaroopam (2013): Kamal Haasan starred in the ambitious Tamil spy thriller along with Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah. Directed, co-produced and co-written by Kamal, the film is said to have closely matched Hollywood standards and received immense praise. It won two National Film Awards and Kaml Haasan was honoured with Filmfare South Award for Best Actor and Best Director.

Saagar (1985): Kamal Haasan played the role of Ravi in Ramesh Sippy's ‘Saagar’ along with Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor. The film was a love triangle, in which Kamal was unable to profess his feelings for the love of his life. His performance won him the Best Actor award, his first and only award in that category for a Hindi film.

Anbe Sivam (2003): Kamal Haasan teamed up with R. Madhavan for Sundar C's drama flick, where the duo played extreme opposites while on a journey from Bhubaneshwar to Chennai. The film garnered immense praise and acclaim and is said to have achieved cult status.