Kalathur Kannamma (English: Kannamma of Kalathur) is an Indian Tamil romantic drama film produced by A. V. Meiyappan and directed by Bhimsingh. The film stars Gemini Ganesan and Savitri in the lead, while Kamal Hassan made his debut in this film as a child artist. T. S. Balaiah, Devika and S. V. Subbaiah play supporting roles. The film’s critically acclaimed soundtrack was composed by R. Sudharsanam. The film tells the story of a young couple — a wealthy zamindar’s son and a farmer’s daughter — who are separated by unfortunate circumstances, while their innocent son is forced to grow up in an orphanage.
As a child actor in the 1959 Tamil film Kalathur Kannamma, he won the President’s Gold Medal for his performance. Since then he has acted in over 200 films. After a few projects as child artist, he had to take a break to continue his education. Kamal Haasan later concentrated on dance choreography and started working as assistant choreographer, making credited appearances in films which he worked during the early 1970s.