Tamil - January 11, 2022

Kamal Haasan turns 67: Meet the actor as a dancer, one of his dasavatharam

Written by Shaikh Ayaz
| Mumbai |

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Kamal Haasan celebrates his birthday at the present time. (Describe: Disclose archive)

So a long way as famed Tamil megastars tear, Kamal Haasan, who has correct turned 67, is without danger the most multi-proficient energy force at work at the present time. ‘Experimentation’ is his center name, and the auteur from Chennai has proved time and again again that cinema can even be an obsessive pursuit for him, to the level of madness. Kamal Haasan’s an actor, playback singer, producer, director, lyricist, screenwriter, flesh presser, poet, father (to Shruti and Akshara Haasan, both actresses) and a neo-polityculturist (reach on your thesaurus), as per his be pleased Twitter bio. However of this Dasavathaaram — reasonably actually — the one characteristic that appears to be like take care of being closest to Haasan’s coronary heart is that of a dancer. Sure, he’s a classically trained dancer! How many extra facets there are to the loved Ulaganayagan, as the Tamil audiences be pleased affectionately dubbed him, that we don’t know as yet?

Even sooner than Haasan’s brush with performing as a grown-up he worked in Tamil movies as an assistant choreographer, mostly below the tutelage of the legendary Thangappan Master. The Nayagan superstar’s interest in dance goes abet even extra. Handiest 12 when he accompanied his mother to seem a Kuchipudi performance, he walked out having made up his solutions to turn proper into a dancer. The younger Haasan turned into snappy enrolled in dance tuitions. A fleet learner, he got off to a proper begin but there turned into a cramped danger. As he knowledgeable film critic Baradwaj Rangan, “I turned into fully neglecting school. I turned into repeatedly in the dance class.” The early training in Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Kathak helped the National Award-successful actor put collectively for one of the predominant and influential roles he’d tear on to essay in his golden profession, specifically his renowned dance moments in hits comparable to Sagara Sangamam, Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu, Enakkul Oruvan, Punnagai Mannan and a couple of others.

His Magical Moves

Kamal Haasan in Sagara Sangamam

K. Viswanath’s Telugu masterpiece Sagara Sangamam, released in 1983, has change into specifically and inextricably tied up with Kamal Haasan‘s trajectory as a dancer. Arguably considered one of the most most attention-grabbing movies about dance, it’s a telltale of an alcoholic dancer (Haasan) who’s now correct one other misplaced capability. The ending of this basic is also as achingly tragic (if no longer extra) as Haasan’s utterly different key work, Sadma/Moondram Pirai. More than any utterly different film, Sagara Sangamam (later efficiently dubbed in Tamil and Malayalam) reflects Haasan’s passion for dance and the diagram in which the artwork ranking has followed him intently from childhood, take care of a inventive shadow. We cherish Haasan’s Renaissance man-take care of metaverse so grand that his hoofer legacy has turn proper into a somewhat underrated one. However taking into consideration of the grasp of masquerade at the present time as a dancer, many moments from his oeuvre spring to solutions. Educating Revathi the artwork of dance and romance in Punnagai Mannan, matching steps with the one and handiest Prabhu Deva in Kaathala Kaathala, his magical moves in the rain dance in Enakkul Oruvan (a remake of Karz, which itself turned into refashioned from The Reincarnation of Peter Proud) and his Kathak dance trainer performing a sublime Unnai Kaanadhu Naan in Vishwaroopam. He even gave this most revered of classical dances a comedian guide twist in Avvai Shanmugi, a.k.a chhupdi chachi (Haasan in walk) as the Hindi audiences know him from Chachi 420. Even supposing nothing extra than a Mrs. Doubtfire rip-off Chachi 420 (Haasan) stays considered one of his most neatly-loved roles thanks to this chameleon-take care of form-shifter’s skill to originate you chortle. And when Chachi breaks proper into a dance, she leaves her admirers entranced (specifically a selected Durgaprasad Bhardwaj who can’t stop drooling).

Kamal Haasan in Punnagai Mannan

Kamal Haasan matching steps with Prabhu Deva

Kamal Haasan’s performance in Vishwaroopam

Over the closing four decades (even longer whenever you happen to place in solutions his little one artiste years), Haasan has obtained the reputation of a versatile stalwart for whom nothing on display conceal, it appears to be like, is terribly no longer going. He leaves no stone unturned in attaining the most attention-grabbing — most regularly, though the all-round megalomania backfires. This man lives for cinema. He lives for the smaller particulars that utterly different actors may well fail to see. Let’s divulge, he it appears to be like learnt the mridangam for his guru K Balachander’s Apoorva Raagangal, a radical film about the complexity of human relationships that first introduced him (as neatly as lifelong buddy and display conceal rival Rajinikanth) into public gaze in 1975 as a gawky teen in adore with an older girl. He acts take care of a dream. He speaks take care of a professional (attributable to this truth, a political profession is in the works). He sings, a expertise that over again he has honed by his early training. But, dancing is one aspect of his existence that doesn’t ranking grand consideration. Maybe, now’s the time for audiences beyond Kollywood to glimpse at his work anew.

And with that, can also we request the godfather of performing to reach abet on the ground and utter us some killer moves?

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