D. Karthikeyan

Kamal Haasan’s dedication comes in for praise from tinsel world, litterateurs

MADURAI: Directors of repute and literary scholars gathered to celebrate the occasion of one of the prominent actors of Indian film industry, Kamal Haasan, completing five decades of film career. They discussed the actor’s flair for Tamil language at Tirumalai Naick Mahal late into the night here on Saturday.

Titled “Kamalum Thamizhum,” the event was part of the larger event titled ‘Ulaganayagan Kamal Aimbathu - Oru Thodarum Sarithiram’ organised by Vijay TV. Kamal Haasan, widely regarded as one of the finest actors of Indian cinema, has acted in more than 150 films in different Indian languages, produced and directed movies and won several awards. The actor made his debut in 1959 for the film “Kalaththoor Kannamma “when he was just five years old.

Speaking at the discussion forum, director Cheran said that Kamal Haasan was a dedicated artiste to the core who never compromises with mediocre stuff. He always tries hard to bring in that extra element and an actor who gives back to film industry whatever he has got from there. “He invests and re-invests in making films and films only.”

Tamil writer S. Ramakrishnan said that Kamal Haasan was the one who took Tamil films to greater heights, going beyond the confines of regions and his films always had a tinge of realism and naturalistic elements in it. For example, his film Thevar Magan captured the very essence of the south Tamil Nadu’s rural culture. This stands out as a representation of Tamil culture taking it to a larger level.

Sasikumar of “Subramaniapuram” movie fame said that Kamal had and will always have a greater influence on young directors. “We learnt patience from him since he underwent a lot of troubles and his films even faced problems owing to its title but he overcame all those and these things give us confidence.”

His films did address the core social issues of those respective eras, he said.

Tamil language skills of the actor are pretty well known and in terms of delivering dialogues he could be second only to Sivaji Ganesan.

Literary scholar K. Gnanasambantham, theatre personality Pralayan, directors Sasi, actor and theatre artist Shanmugaraja were among the others who took part in the discussion.