Kamal Haasan is arguably the most talented artist in film industry India has ever produced. One can find perfection in whatever the Nayakan actor does pertaining to cinema. His movies speaks for his fine ability to display the actual emotions of characters that he portrays and it is hard to detect a particular character that he has not tried to bring it alive on-screen.
Kamal Haasan is also known for his love for technology as he has been credited for bringing new technologies into Tamil cinema that has helped Kollywood to grow immensely. His Vishwaroopam was the first film in India that was released using a technology called AURO-3D . The technology, according to the legendary actor, enriches the cinema viewing experience by delivering a full 3-D sound spread that has the capacity to reproduce a natural acoustic sound.
He is always seen in talks with the Film Artiste' Association and theatre owners to embrace new technologies that will enhance the overall experience of movie lovers. He has also got himself into trouble many times for trying to bring about a change to Indian cinema. The latest example being his disagreement with the theatre owners across India when he had suggested to release his movie Vishwaroopam on a DTH platform.
Kamal Haasan has always been a step ahead from the rest. Be it his love for technology or simply the way in which he thinks. The best example illustrating this fact is his latest interview which revealed that he had written a poem about the onset of gay marriages ten years ago but didn't publish it as it would've earned him a lot of controversies at that time. Sometimes, even his films are hard to understand due to its advance narration style for which the actor has even been criticized many a times instead of attracting praises.
But he has been equally rewarded for trying out different things as he is one actor who has represented India most number of times at a global event. Cementing this fact is the number of Kamal Haasan films that have represented India at the Academy Awards commonly known as The Oscars. His last film Vishwaroopam missed out on a chance to represent India at the Oscars last year by a whisker but Ulaganayagan can boast about his other films that have crossed boundaries.
A total of seven Kamal Haasan films have represented India at the Oscars out of which three films were sent consecutively between 1985 to 1987. Surely, the number will only get bigger as each of his film has a possible potential to be screened at a world stage and Kamal is surely not going to stop unless he realizes what it feels like to be holding an academy award.
We bring to you a list of Kamal Haasan movies that has represented India at the Oscars. We consider this as a small tribute to the artiste who might know everything but still displays a child like enthusiasm to learn more.
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Saagar is a 1985 Bollywood film directed by Ramesh Sippy. Apart from being an official entry into The Oscars from India, the movie also gave Kamal Haasan his Filmfare Award for Best Actor after being nominated for both Best Actor as well as Best Supporting Actor which was only the second instance in the history of Filmfare Awards.
Swati Mutyam was directed by K. Viswanath and had Kamal Haasan and Raadhika in the lead roles. The movie had a silver jubilee run across India and made it to Oscars in the year 1986. It was also critically acclaimed and portrayed Kamal Haasan as an autistic person.
Nayagan was a trend setter at its time. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the movie was Kamal Haasan's third consecutive entry into Oscars. The movie was also included in the list of "All-Time 100 Best Films" by TIME magazine in 2005 and in The Moving Arts Film Journal's list of greatest films of all time.
This film saw the collaboration of two greatest Tamil actors of all time, Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal Haasan. Directed by Bharathan, the film, apart from winning 5 National Awards, made it to the 65th Academy Awards and also completed a 175-day run at the box office.
This film too was a trend setter for action films at the time of its release and was directed by the veteran cinematographer P. C. Sreeram. The film was celebrated for its critical acclaim and made it to the 68th edition of Oscars.
Indian was directed by Shankar and saw Kamal Haasan excel in two distinctively unique roles. The film won 3 National Awards and represented India at the Oscars in the year 1996. The movie was also the most expensive Tamil movie at that time.
This period drama masterpiece was directed by Kamal Haasan and was considered for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category for the year 2000 at the Oscars. Though the movie did not do well at the box office, it is viewed even today with a sense of awe.