The Ulaganayagan took the plunge into acting with Gemini Ganesan and Savithri's Kalathur Kannamma
Last Updated: 11.41 AM, Jan 19, 2023
We know that Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan made his acting debut as a child artiste in director A Bhimsingh's Kalathur Kannamma (1960). The actor played Selvam, son of a wealthy zamindar Rajalingam (Gemini Ganesan) and Kannamma (Savithri), who grows up as an orphan as his parents are separated. Kamal Haasan's performance stood out in the film and the actor bagged the President's Gold medal for his very first film. Kalathur Kannamma, which was bankrolled by AVM Productions, was a huge success and the film ran for over 100 days.
And now, Aruna Guhan, partner and creative director, AVM Productions has narrated in a series of tweets how Kamal Haasan was introduced to the world of cinema. The tweets read, "One afternoon, while my great grandfather, Shri. AV. Meiyappan had settled down for his afternoon nap there came a visitor to their home who had brought along a young little boy. The boy seemed angry but kept to himself. When my great-grandmother asked her friend why he was so, the lady replied that the boy had wanted to meet AVM Chettiar and he was disappointed that no one had introduced him yet. Upon some cajoling, they found out that the boy was keen on acting and he then willingly sang a few songs for the members present. Thatha took the little boy upstairs to introduce him to Periya Thatha."
She added, "Periya Thatha always had a bedside lamp next to him that during the day was turned towards the ceiling to bounce and give the room a soft glow. He took a good look at the boy and turned his bedside lamp to shine on the boy's face. He asked him, ‘Can you act?'The young boy unhesitantly said yes and began acting. Periya Thatha asked Thatha to cast him in Kalathur Kannamma saying “This boy is fresh and bright. He will become a famous actor in the future”. That was the first focus light to fall on Kamal Haasan sir (sic)."
Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan is busy shooting for his upcoming project with director Shankar, Indian 2. The actor will reprise his iconic character from the film, Senapathy and will join hands with director Mani Ratnam for his next.