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Papanasam Spl: 10 Characters Of Kamal Haasan That Will Stay In Our Hearts Forever!

With all due respect to other actors across nations, Kamal Haasan can easily be termed as one actor who has the most number of avatars against his name. Most importantly, he has performed by getting under the skins of each and every character he has portrayed so far.

Apart from his various other knowledge pertaining to cinema, Kamal Haasan's acting ability has been utilized well in Kollywood through extreme on-screen characters, all of which might still be a distant dream to thousands of other actors.

Papanasam Spl: 10 Characters Of Kamal Haasan That Will Stay In Our Hearts Forever!

The range of characters showcased by the genius actor is so much so that it is indeed difficult to think of a role not portrayed by the 4 time National Award winner.

Yet, a few roles that he has taken up in his illustrious acting career will linger on in our minds forever and will also make us feel that only Kamal Haasan and no one else would be able to pull off such a complex character.

Talking about complex characters, he has astonished us over the years by taking up not just one but multiple characters with different shades in a single movie. Dasavathaaram, being a small example of what he is capable of doing on the big screen.

Without further ado, let us now take a look at 10 evergreen characters portrayed by Kamal which will stay in our hearts forever.

Note: Hundreds of other Kamal Haasan characters can easily fit into this list but for now, I think 10 will do [in the slides below]:

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Portraying an old man, a young freedom fighter and a young corrupt official, the Papanasam actor has surely made it difficult for me to pick just one memorable character from this movie. But at the end of the day, it is only fair to give most of the credits to the old man.

Apoorva Sagodharargal

No points for guessing which character would linger on in our heads forever out of the two characters showcased by Kamal in this film. Apoorva Sagodharargal  is not only a mind-boggling film but also a technical marvel at the time of its release in 1989 and today in 2015.

16 Vayathinile

Playing the role of an ugly looking crippled, Kamal Haasan did the unimaginable in this film. Who says film industry is all about glamour and glitz on-screen? Kamal Haasan had different plans very early in his career.


Velu Nayagan is arguably the most powerful character ever portrayed by any actor in Tamil cinema. The image of Kamal Haasan's face from this movie would stay in our heads for a very long time after watching this film. The phenomenon repeats each and every time this movie is watched.

Avvai Shanmughi

Let alone the fact that the great actor has played a woman in this film, what about his nuances while expressing some of the emotions that only a man wearing a female's mask can express? Words do fail me while talking about Kamal Haasan's acting abilities.

Salangai Oli (Sagara Sangamam)

Be it the honest dancer for whom dance is everything or the old man who fails to compromise, Kamal Haasan's characterization in Salangai Oli  will leave you speechless.


Playing a person with altered perception is not an easy task and yet the Ulaganayagan did that with ease in Guna. His mannerisms and the way he utters his dialogues in this movie will be remembered forever.

Anbe Sivam

If his looks which includes the multiple scars on his face is not enough to make this particular character evergreen, just think about the way he is forced to adjust his vein which connects his mouth and his neck.


The protagonist Kamal who suffers the hallucinogenic effects of drugs in one particular scene is enough to make his character evergreen in this film.

Hey Ram

A Brahmin who sacrifices everything to avenge Mahatma Gandhi's controversial yet crucial decision at the time of the Indian independence will surely stay on in our head until we breathe our last.

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