Actor-filmmaker and leading south star Kamal Hassan's brings in his 63rd birthday today. The actor has had a rich resume that has both Tamil and Hindi movies to his credit. Haasan began his journey into the world of cinema as a child artiste at the age of four and has been entertaining his fans for over decades now. A large chunk of his brand of cinema has been surrounded by themes that are relevant to society. He is known to physically transform himself for characters to help in the narration of stories.
As the legendary actor turns a year older, here is a look at some of his unfamiliar and critically acclaimed films that may have gone unnoticed.
Aval Appadithan: It may have been a box-office disaster but this film was one of the masterpieces of Tamil cinema as it was made much ahead of its time. Kamal plays a documentary filmmaker, who presents the story of Sripriya, a men-hating independent woman with a bitter past.
A still from Aval Appadithan featuring Sripriya, Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan
Anbe Sivam: The actor takes an agnostic stance about atheism and communism in the film that 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.
A still from Anbe Sivam
Raja Paarvai: This was Kamal Hassan’s 100th film and the actor risked it by playing a blind character. The story revolves around the romance between a blind violinist and a young Christian girl.
A still from Raja Paarvai
Virumaandi: Borrowing the narrative style of Japanese film Rashomon, Kamal addressed the abolition of death sentence from the Indian judicial system.
A still from Virumaandi
Hey Ram: The film recounts India's partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Kamal was the film's writer-director which highlighted religious extremism. While it was a box office disaster, it paved way to a lot of controversies.
A still from Hey Ram also starring Shah Rukh Khan
Guna: This film isn’t one of Kamal Hassan’s best but there isn’t any actor who could have played an innocent schizophrenic to perfection. This too was a box office disaster.
A still from Guna
Varumayin Niram Sivappu: The film touched upon the unemployment situation in India in the 1980s. Hassan collaborated with his mentor K Balachander to play an unemployed youth in the film.
A still from Varumayin Niram Sivappu also starring Sridevi
Mahanadi: Easily one of the most tragic films in Kamal's career, Mahanadi pits a villager against those from a town who rob him off his prosperity.
A still from Mahanadi
Swati Mutyam: As an adult with the mind of a child, the actor proved once again why he is considered one of the country's finest actors.A still from Swati Mutyam