Interview: Kamal Hassan

‘There is no separate pedestal for the performer’

Print edition : October 18, 2013

Kamal Hassan at the office of his Rajkamal Productions in Chennai on September 18. In the background are the busts of his parents, D. Srinivasan and Rajalakshmi. Photo: R. Ragu

With Savithri in "Kalathur Kannamma" produced by A.V. Meiyappan. Kamal Hassan made his debut as a child artist in this 1960 film.

In "Dasavatharam" (2008), he donned 10 roles.

With Madhavan in "Anbe Sivam" (2003).

In "Ilamai Oonjaladigirathu" (1978) with Rajnikanth.

Kamal Hassan. Having been part of the film world for 54 of his 58 years, Kamal Hassan is today an epitome of versatility. His career started with a bang: he won the President’s Gold Medal for his debut role in Kalathur Kannamma, when he was just six years old. In this interview he gave Frontline at his office in Chennai, this quintessential actor comes across not only as an artist with a passion for cinema but also as a thinker with unique perspectives on the social, political and ideological issues underlying this modern art form.
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