Bollywood startalk

2009-08-22 00:00

AUGUST 12 marked a five-decade-long career for superstar Kamal Hassan, who has acted in more than 150 films in different Indian languages, directed movies and won several awards. Kamal Hassan has proved to be one of the finest actors of Indian cinema with his completion of 50 years in showbiz this year and his fans are busy preparing to celebrate his remarkable journey.

At the tender age of five, in 1959, Kamal appeared in his first film, Kalaththoor Kannamma, which was produced by AVM Productions and directed by Bhim Singh. The film was released on August 12, 1960. While Gemini Ganesan and Savitri took the lead roles, Kamal featured as a child artist and sang a popular song, Ammavum Neeye Appavum Neeye, in it. This film earned Kamal a National Award for Best Child Actor.

Kamal also won Best Actor awards for his work on Moondram Pirai (1982), Nayagan (1987) and Indian (1996). In 1988, he won the Best Actor Filmfare Award for Pushpak, a black comedy that didn’t have any dialogue. Apart from that, he has won several honours like Nandi awards and Tamil Nadu state film awards.

Actor-director Ramesh Arvind, who has worked with Kamal in films like Sathi Leelavathi, Panchathanthram and Mumbai Express in Tamil and Rama Shaama Bhaama in Kannada, says “If there is one multilingual talent in the Indian film industry who truly deserves a big felicitation for completing a golden jubilee in filmdom, it is only Kamal.”

The first film I saw of Kamal Hassan as a child artiste was Ananda Jyothi, which starred superstar MGR and was released in the 1960s. Kamal’s performance was outstanding.





FOR many months, queen of smiles Sneha was harassed by a stalker who constantly sent messages to her cellphone. Some of the messages bordered on sexual harassment.

Initially, Sneha decided to ignore the stalker, but when he began to intimidate her in his messages, she filed a police complaint.

Recently, Sneha approached the Chennai police and filed a complaint against the unknown stalker. The case was forwarded to the cyber crime branch and an investigation team was formed to track down the stalker.

The police managed to trace the number to a 35-year-old real estate agent in Bangalore. Incidentally, the man was visiting Chennai at the time of the investigation and was arrested.

Though the person initially denied harassing the actress, he later confessed to sending the lewd text messages.

Sneha is much more at ease now that the stalker has been arrested.

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