Actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, who turns 59 today (November 7), needs no introduction. The Universal Star, who has given numerous hits, has not only acted in movies, but lived his characters in movies! But there are times when some of his best performances have gone unnoticed in several underrated films.
On the occasion of his 59 birthday, Haricharan Pudipeddi of IANS has listed such films from the Ulaganayagan's esteemed career.
Aval Appadithan: Arguably one of the masterpieces of Tamil cinema, this film may have been Box Office disaster, but it was made much ahead of its time. Kamal plays a documentary filmmaker, through whose eyes the film presents the moving story of Sripriya, a men-hating independent woman with a bitter past. The razor-sharp dialogues with surrealistic filmmaking style offered an experience that no Tamil film, before or after, has managed to deliver.
Anbe Sivam: The actor takes an agnostic stance about atheism and communism in Anbe Sivam, which translates to "Love is God". The film revolves around two characters - a communist and a capitalist, who learn important lessons of life via a road trip. The film remains underrated to date because many misunderstood its sarcastic undertones associated with atheism.
Raja Paarvai: I doubt if any actor would take the risk of playing a blind character in his 100th film, but Kamal Hassan is an exception. In this poignant tale of romance between a blind violinist and a young Christian girl, director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao extracted the best out of Kamal, who had also co-written the film.