Legendary Icon Kamal Hassan was felicitated on Friday, July 2 for his completion of 50 years in the industry and for the exceptional contribution to Indian cinema. The actor believes that the best part of his career is yet to come.Kamal said his best innings in films would come over the next 10 years.
Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hasan, who had refused to have a retrospective at the last International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa as only three of his films were being shown there, has now been honoured with a special retrospective of seven films, celebrating his 50 years in the industry.
The three-day retrospective kicked off at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi on Friday evening in the presence of Hasan and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni.
The festival has chosen films of the Padma Shri actor wherein he has displayed immense compassion for various characters, social issues and ideas. The retrospective comprises, “Hey Ram!”, “Anbe Sivam”, “Virumandi”, “Thevar Magan”, “Sagara Sangamam”, “Dasavatharam” and “Nayagan”.
Speaking at the inauguration of a three-day retrospective of his films at the Siri Fort Auditorium here, Mr. Haasan said: “I am not going to dwell on what has been done, but rather focus on what is to be done. Fortunately I came into the film world early… My parents told me to choose any profession. My father believed in me; he was my guru. The word guru sounds strange and even anachronistic these days. But without his backing, I would not have been where I am today.”
Referring to himself, the actor said a differently-abled child was loved more than other children. “I am a high school drop-out, but the rest of my family is well-educated. My mother and brothers showered me with so much love.”
Thanking the United Progressive Alliance government for organising a retrospective, he said such an event required a lot of planning. “I could have waited, as there are so many talented people who deserve this more than me.”
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said: “A retrospective gives people an opportunity to view works of art on a vast spectrum. It is a visual treat for movie buffs. It is important to view classics, as they make a tremendous impact on society. We have cinematic diversity in our country. Our brand entity is not only because of Bollywood, but also because of the creative genius of all languages.”
“This is an acknowledgement of his contribution for the past 50 years. He made his debut in Kalathur Kannamma on August 12, 1959. He has been honoured with several awards. In fact, he may be the most awarded person in the country.”
Kamal is a legend in his lifetime, and is known for winning several Indian film awards, including National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards, and has the distinction of being the actor with the most number of films submitted by India in contest for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Moreover, Kamal holds a record nineteen Filmfare Awards – ranging across five languages, and after his latest award in 2000, wrote to the organisation to exempt him from further awards.