Kamal Haasan (born 7 November 1954) is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, songwriter, playback singer, choreographer and lyricist who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. Haasan has won several Indian film awards, including three National Film Awards and numerous Southern Filmfare Awards, and is known for having starred in the most number of films submitted by India in contest for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. After several projects as a child artist, He began his career as lead in Apoorva Raagangal, Moondram Pirai, Godfatheresque, Nayagan (1987). His film production company, Rajkamal International, has produced several of his films.
He debuted as a child artiste in the film “Kalathoor Kannamma” (1960), which was released in the year 1960. Since then, he has starred in nearly 200 films in the major Indian languages – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a part of the film industry for 52 years, as of 2012. His journey in cinema has seen him don various roles – from child artiste, to romantic lead to one of the most respected and revered heroes of the film industry today.