It’s Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan’s birthday today and we take a look at 5 of his best films.
Nayagan: Velu Nayakar and neenga nallavara ketavara is always iconic. It was one off Mani Ratnam Kamal combo which worked wonders. Kamal’s transition from the angry young man to the most powerful Don is done brilliantly. Illayaraja also lends his magic touch to make the movie memorable. Even today we look back at Nayagan with fond memories.
Indian: This time Kamal plays a double role. One is the father who delivers a
vigilante justice. Indian Thatha is still a reference point for social justice movies. At the other end there is a son who is part of a corrupt system. The father’s quest for justice leads to a spectacular climax where the father chooses justice over parental love. Indian 2 is a melody masterpiece from Rahman. This was yet another social hit movie from Shankar.
Dhasavatharam: 10 roles is not an easy task but there is nothing that Kamal can’t do. 10 varied shades including a menancing villain Fletcher. He even played an old lady in the film. Each role had a distinct mannerism. And there was ample comedy through Balram Naidu as K. S Ravikumar managed to deliver a perfect entertainer.
Aboorva Sagotharargal: This is one of the toughest films in Kamal’s career. He played the drawf with limited technology. Even today it is an astonishing fact that Kamal went through all the hardships just for a single role. It is the age-old revenge tale but it is still entertainer as Kamal keeps us hooked in two very distinct avatar.
Vasool Raja: A remake of Munnabhai this one has Kamal in a comic avatar as the doctor. Kamal brings his own flavour to the role with the Chennai Slang. It is one of those movies many times and still not get bored. The comedy and the conflict are spot on as Kamal Hassan and Prakash engage in a humourous face off.