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.