Kamal Haasan turns 65 today. The actor is quite fit and fab even today. He is perfectly balancing work and personal life. He is starring in some of the most ambitious projects, like Indian 2, at this age. Can you imagine the hard work that would go into making this film? Well, the actor has been quite a package of surprises since ever. He has some never heard before records under his belt in the film industry. So, as we celebrate his birthday with his loyal legion of fans, we dedicate this feature to him. We are going to talk about some trivia about the actor that will definitely make you his fan, in case you are not one already.
From being the first choice for Shankar's Robot to having the most number of Filmfare awards win, Kamal journey as a superstar will surprise you. So, as a token of our love, here is one for Kamal. Happy birthday. Kamal Haasan 65th Birthday: Fans Use Collage of Ulaganayagan’s Various Avatars as Display Pic in His Honour.
Kamal Haasan is Record Filmfare Awards Holder
Kamal Haasan has won a record 19 Filmfare awards across languages like Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. His first award was for his film Kanyakumari. His last win was for Hey Ram in 2000, after which he wrote a letter to the organisation to not give him any more awards.
Most Oscar Entries
Kamal also holds the record for being the actor whose 7 films have been India's official entry for the Oscars. The movies are Saagar (1985), Swati Mutyam (1985), Nayagan (1987), Thevar Magan (1992), Kuruthipunal (1995), Indian (1996), Hey Ram (2000).
Kamal Haasan Was The First Actor To Be Paid Rs 1 Crore
We know of stories of actors being paid in crores. But it was Kamal Haasan in India who was the first actor to be paid Rs 1 crore as remuneration, as per reports. This happened in the year 1994 and before Kamal, Rajesh Khanna held the status of being the highest-paid actor in India.
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Kamal Haasan Was The First Choice for Shankar's Robot/Enthiran
Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai starrer Enthiran/Robot is one of the most expensive and most successful movies made in India. But Rajini sir was not the first choice. Shankar had first announced the project, then titled Robo, with Kamal Haasan in the lead role and Preity Zinta playing the female lead. The actors even shot for a few promotional pictures. But the project went off the rails due to financial reasons.
Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for Saagar
For some reasons in 1986, Filmfare Awards decided to nominate Kamal Haasan for awards in two categories for the same film. Kamal starred in Saagar, and was nominated for not just Best Supporting Actor but also Best Actor as well. He won the latter.
So, which one of these facts about Kamal Haasan surprised you the most? Is there something you know that would surprise us? Tell us in the comments section below or tweet to us @latesly. And before signing off, a very happy birthday to Kamal Haasan.