Tamil cinema superstar Kamal Haasan turned 62 on 7 November. The actor, who is also referred to as Ulaganayakan (universal star), is the youngest son of lawyer D Srinivasan and Rajalakshmi. He was born in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, in 1954.
The superstar has acted in over 200 films. His first film in a lead role was the 1975 K Balachander-directorial, Apoorva Raagangal. Apoorva Raagangal also marks the acting debut of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth.
On his 62nd birthday, here are a few interesting facts about the superstar:
1) Kamal Hasan's real name is Parthasarathy.
2) He began his acting career as a child artiste in the 1959 film, Kalathur Kannamma, directed by A Bhimsingh. He won the prestigious President's Gold Medal for his performance in the film. He went on to do five more films as a child artiste.
3) Apart from acting, Kamal Hassan is known for writing scripts, singing and direction. At the age of 18, he wrote his first script for the film, Unarchigal - a tale of a poor man who rescues a woman from the flesh trade and falls in love with her. The film was released in 1976 - after severe delays were imposed on the film by the censor board. Interestingly, Unarchigal was released in Malayalam as Raasaleela and was released in 1975 - a year before the original version.
4) Kamal Haasan is the only Indian actor to have featured in six different languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bengali films. He is also the first Indian actor to take home a remuneration of Rs 1 crore for a single film. The record was previously held by Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.
5) Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino once said that the animation sequence in Kill Bill was inspired from the Kamal Haasan's Abhay - the Hindi remake of Tamil film, Aalavandhan.