Kamal, Rajini Unveil Director Balachander’s Bust In Chennai

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan unveiled the bust of his mentor, writer and director K Balachandar at the new office premises of Raajkamal Films International in Chennai on Friday, 8 November, a day after he turned 65.

The event was attended by actor Rajinikanth, lyricist Vairamuthu, Shri K Balachandar’s family and key members of the film industry.

“The journey of Raj Kamal Films International will continue. The bust of K Balachander is there to monitor my work,” said the actor.

"“We will soon announce our 50th film. I need not act in it but it will be a mega film.”" - Kamal Haasan

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This year also marks the Ulaganayagan actor’s 60 years in Indian cinema. On Thursday, Haasan celebrated his birthday with a family get-together at his ancestral home at Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district.

Actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth at the unveiling of the statue of writer and director K Balachandar.
Actor Rajinikanth, lyricist Vairamuthu and musician Rajhesh Vaidhya with actor Kamal Haasan.

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Kamal Haasan’s tryst with movies began at the tender of age of five and over the years, evolved into one of the most versatile actors in the country.

Remembering the Veteran Director

Kamal Haasan landed in his first adult role in 1973, in a film by K Balachander. Since then, he has been Haasan’s mentor and guide. His breakthrough in Tamil cinema came in 1975 with Balachander's Apoorva Raagangal which earned him a Filmfare award.

Reminiscing, Rajinikanth thanked the late veteran director for gifting the cinema world some of the best movies.

“‘Aboorva Sagodharagal’ is my favourite film produced by Raj Kamal Films International. I woke him up in the middle of the night to congratulate him. Similarly, ‘Thevar Magan’ is such a classic. The message of that film is superb,” he said.

The superstar said that it was Balachander who had told Rajini to learn Tamil in order to connect with the people of Tamil Nadu.

"“K Balachander told me to learn Tamil and said: You see where I am going to take you. He knew what Tamil people would like. But his favourite child was Kamal Haasan.”" - Rajinikanth

“ ‘God Father’, ‘Thiruvilaiyadal’ and ‘Hey Raam’ are my three go-to movies when I have nothing to watch. I have seen ‘Hey Raam’ almost 30 times,” he added.

Haasan will be attending a screening of ‘Hey Raam’ at Sathyam Cinemas in the city, later today and will take part in a Q and A session with the audience.

Turning 65 at Ancestral Home

Kamal Haasan kickstarted the birthday celebrations with a family get-together at their ancestral home at Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district.

Haasan's family unveiled the statue of his father, D Srinivasan, at his home. Srinivasan was a lawyer and a freedom fighter.

The actor-turned-politician also wants to open a talent development centre after his father.

Kamal Haasan's daughters, Shruti and Akshara, and his elder brother Charu Haasan accompanied him on this trip. His niece, Suhasini Maniratnam, wife of reputed directed Mani Ratnam, was also present.

Kamal Haasan with his family at the unveiling of a statue of his father.
Haasan’s family unveiled the statue of his father, D Srinivasan, at their home. Srinivasan was a lawyer and a freedom fighter.
Kamal Haasan with his daughters Shruti and Akshara.
Kamal Haasan with his elder brother, actor and filmmaker Charu Haasan.
Kamal Haasan with his family in their hometown in Paramakudi, Ramanthapuram.

Actor Prabhu, Sivaji Ganesan's son, who is good friends with the Haasan family, was also part of the celebrations.

Actor Prabhu was part of the actors’ birthday celebrations in Paramakudi.

On 8 November, a musical tribute headlined by composer Ilaiyaraaja is set to be held at Nehru stadium.

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Cheers and Blessings Pour In

Meanwhile, wishes poured in from across the country wishing him health and prosperity.

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