Kamal at Harvard!

Kamal Haasan has been invited as one of the key speakers at the India Conference 2016, at the Harvard University. The conference, which focuses on the topic India in ‘Transition — Opportunities and Challenges’, is scheduled for Feb 6-7, and will be hosted at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School by the graduate students of Harvard.
Perhaps the first South Indian actor to speak at the prestigious Harvard University, Kamal is set to address the audience on February 6. His keynote address will be on India’s Softpower. There are other Indians who will also be speaking at the conference including Shashi Tharoor, Nirupama Rao, Preetha Reddy and Chanda Kochhar.

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Manmadan Ambu and Nayakan’s track my favourite: Kamal

Music: Devi Sri Prasad | Lyricist: Kamal Hassan | Singers: Kamal Hassan

Neela Vaanam Neeyum Naanum
Kangalae Bashayaai Kaigalae Aasiayaai
Vaiyamae Koilyilaai Vaanamae Vaayilaai
Paalveli Paayilae Chaayunthu Naam Kooduvoam

Inni Nee Endru Naan Endru Iru Veru Aalillaiyae
Neela Vanam (The Blue Sky)
Neeyum Naanum (U And I)

Movie- Nayagan, Singer -Kamal, Composer – Ilaiyaraaja

Thenpaandi cheemayile
therodum veedhiyile,
maan pola vandhavane,
yaar adichaaro

Kamal to act with Crazy Mohan after 12 years!

Kamal Haasan and writer Crazy Mohan are coming together for a film after a gap of 12 years. The duo has made many successful comedy dramas including Pamal K Samantham and Vasool Raaja.

It is now said that Crazy Mohan will write the dialogues for Kamal Haasan’s upcoming film Paramapadham. Directed by Moulee, the film is touted to be an out-and-out comedy.
The film also marks the third coalition of Kamal Haasan and director Moulee. They have earlier worked together in Pammal K Sambandham and Nala Damayanti.

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The Vishwaroopam star will simultaneously act in another multilingual project, which will be helmed by TK Rajeev Kumar. This yet-to-be-titled film will also star Shruti Haasan in an important role.

Kamal will first start working in Rajeev’s project which also features Shruti. After he wraps up the first schedule of this film, he will start simultaneously shooting for filmmaker Moulee’s film, which will have dialogues by Crazy Mohan.The two films will go on floors in May

His Views..

Kamal Haasan is a self-proclaimed atheist. Haasan has often questioned the existence of God and has highlighted the theme in his films like Anbe Sivam and Dasavathaaram. He has been thought to be Muslim because of his Arabic-sounding name, most notably when he was denied preclearance by U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities at Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2002.

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In Sanskrit Kamal means “lotus”, but it was rumoured that his name originated with a friend of his father (Yaakob Hassan, a Muslim freedom fighter who was imprisoned along with Kamal’s father by the British). In a BBC interview with Karan Thapar Haasan said that his last name derives from the Sanskrit word hasya, and although the Yaakob Hassan connection was publicised by the media it was only “a story”.Although he has abstained from politics, Haasan is considered left-leaning or independent and has said that his politics would result in his death within a year.

Kamal and film making

In addition to acting, Haasan is noted for his involvement in other aspects of filmmaking. He has written many of his films, including Raja Paarvai, Apoorva Sagodharargal, Michael Madhana Kamarajan, Thevar Magan, Mahanadhi, Hey Ram, Aalavandhan, Anbe Sivam, Nala Damayanthi, Virumaandi, Dasavathaaram, Manmadhan Ambu and Vishwaroopam. Haasan’s production company (Rajkamal International) has produced several of his films, and he directed Chachi 420, Hey Ram, Virumaandi and Vishwaroopam.

He considered directing full-time if Hey Ram was successful, but changed his mind when the film failed at the box office. In his earlier career, he has also choreographed for MGR in Naan Yen Pirandhen, Sivaji Ganesan in Savaale Samaali and Jayalalithaa in Anbu Thangai In 2010 Haasan said he wanted to do more directing, since young actors wished to work for him.

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When he played supporting roles early in his career he wanted to become a technician, and joked: “Film makers like K. Balachander told me that I won’t be able make much money by being a technician. So the end result is that the star Kamal funds the technician Kamal in pursuing his dreams”.Kamal attended workshops for makeup technicians in the US for several years, and trained as a makeup artist under Michael Westmore.

Haasan has also written songs for his films. He wrote the lyrics for a single in Hey Ram, songs in Virumaandi and Unnaipol Oruvan and the album for Manmadhan Ambu. Haasan’s musical work has been well received by his peers in Tamil film. He is also a playback singer, singing in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and English. Currently Haasan is part of the Mission “Clean India” set by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi nominated 9 important VIPs to spread it to people via media or by their own example and one in nine people is Kamal Haasan who is chosen for his sincere work towards social welfare moves.

Kamal and Sarika

Haasan and the actress Sarika began living together in 1988, marrying after the birth of their first child, Shruti Haasan (born 1986). Shruti Haasan is a singer and a Tollywood-Kollywood actress. Their younger daughter, Akshara (born 1991), was assistant director for 2013’s Vishwaroopam. Sarika stopped acting soon after their marriage, replacing Vani Ganapathy as Haasan’s costume designer for Hey Ram. In 2002, the couple filed for divorce, which became final in 2004.

Rasaleela (1975 film)

Raasaleela is a 1975 Malayalam-language Indian feature film directed by N. Sankaran Nair and produced by Carmel Johny for RJD Films, starring Kamal Hassan and Jayasudha. It is the remake of the Tamil film Unarchigal which also starred Kamal Hassan, but got released before the original. It was also dubbed and released in Tamil and ran for 100 days in Tamil Nadu..

 

Uttama Villain is for hardcore Kamal Haasan fans

Uttama Villain is a 2015 Indian Tamil comedy-drama metafilm directed by Ramesh Aravind and written by Kamal Haasan. The film was presented by N. Lingusamy in association with Kamal Haasan and produced by S. Chandrahasan for Raaj Kamal Films International and N. Subash Chandrabose for Thirrupathi Brothers.

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It features an ensemble cast that includes Kamal Hassan, K. Viswanath, K. Balachander, Jayaram, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Nassar, Parvathy and Urvashi. Ghibran composed the soundtrack and score.