Kamal Haasan was born to criminal lawyer D Srinivasan and wife Rajalakshmi in the small town of Paramakudi in Tamil Nadu.
Kamal Haasan has three siblings, Charuhasan, Chandrahasan and Nalini Raghu. He is the youngest of all.
As a child, Kamal was noticed by AVM production house owners A V Meyappa Chettiar and A V Saravanan and they cast him in their home production.
In 1960, he debuted as a child artiste at the tender age of seven in Kalathur Kannamma with Gemini Ganesan. The film won the President's Gold Medal and the awards haven’t stopped flowing in ever since.
Kamal in 'Ananda Jyothi':
He acted with Sivaji Ganesan and MGR as a child artiste in several films.
Kamal in 'Kalathur Kannama': Kamal joined thespian T K Shanmugam’s theatre company TKS Nataka Sabha to hone his craft.
Kamal and Jayalalitha: After a break of seven years, Kamal returned to films, but as part of the technical crew. He also acted in several cameos and supporting roles.
Kamal in 'Apporva Ragangal': His first film as a full-fledged hero in Tamil was in K Balachader’s Apoorva Ragangal, which saw him romance a much older heroine, Srividya. He is supposed to have learnt to play the mridangam to give credibility to his role. It won him his first Filmfare award in Tamil. The film also won the National Award for best Tamil film.
Kamal in 'Chappani': '6 Vayathinile' was a major hit in which Kamal starred along with friend and contemporary Rajinikanth and Sridevi and won his third consecutive best actor award.
Kamal in 'Manmadha Leelai': His association with his mentor K Balachader continued with him acting in several of his films including Manmadha Leelai, Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu and Moondru Mudichu.
Sridevi and Kamal Haasan: Kamal won his first National Award for his sensitive portrayal of a school teacher taking care of an amnesia patient (Sridevi) in Moondram Pirai directed by Balu Mahendra.
Kamal in 'Nayagan': Kamal Haasan’s portrayal of an underworld don (inspired by real life don Varadaraj Mudaliar) in the Mani Ratnam directed film Nayagan, won him his second National Award. It was his second film as India’s entry to the Academy Awards. The film also made it to the Time's All-TIME 100 Movies list.
Kamal in 'Apoorva Sagodharargal': In the drama-comedy Apoorva Sagodharargal, Kamal appeared as a dwarf in one of the three roles that he played. He also sang of the most popular songs of the movie. The movie was a colossal hit and was dubbed into Telugu and Hindi too.
Kamal in 'Michael Madhana Kamarajan': The Crazy Mohan scripted hilarious comedy Michael Madhana Kamarajan saw Kamal donning four roles. His role as a Palakkad Brahmin cook was bang-on, with the perfect accent.
Kamal in 'Devar Magan': Thevar Magan saw Kamal getting together with his idol Sivaji Ganesan after a long time. The film was hugely successful and was remade in Hindi as Virasat with Anil Kapoor.
Kamal in 'Mahanadhi': Kamal in Mahanadi, as the innocent man who gets cheated in business and loses his daughter to prostitution was gut-wrenching. The film did not get its due when it was released but was shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival six years later.
Kamal in 'Avvai Shanmughi': He went a step further and transformed into a woman in Avvai Shanmugi, inspired by the English film Mrs Doubtfire. The makeup alone would take Kamal a grueling five hours every day and would last only for five hours. People loved him more than ever and the film was big hit.
Kamal in 'Indian': Kamal’s role as an ordinary man fighting the corrupt system in the film Indian, won him his third National Award.
Kamal in 'Sathi Leelavathi': Sathi Leelavathi, produced by Kamal’s production house, Rajkamal International, with comedienne Kovai Sarala and Kannada’s Ramesh Arvind, was a runaway hit
Kamal in 'Kadhala Kadhala': Singeetham Srinivas’ Kathala Kathala saw Kamal pair up with Prabhudeva along with comedy writer Crazy Mohan again. And the result was a side-splitting laugh riot all the way.
Kamal and SRK in 'Hey Ram': Hey Ram, another movie from the Rajkamal stable, starring Kamal, Rani Mukherjee and Shahrukh Khan, did not do too well at the box office.
Kamal in 'Virumandi': Kamal has penned the lyrics for films including Hey Ram and 'Virumaand'.
Kamal Hassan: Kamal has sung over 65 songs in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and English.
Kamal in 'Anbesivam': Kamal scripted Anbe Sivam, starring himself and Madhavan in the lead was another important film in his career. The film showcased his views on atheism and communism. The movie was to be directed by Priyadarshan initially, but was later done by Sundar C.
Kamal in 'Azhavandhaan': Kamal’s home production Alavandhan, dubbed in Hindi as Abhay, failed to impress people. He compensated the distributors for their losses.
Kamal in Mumbai Express': Mumbai Express, a film written by Kamal, was released along with Rajini’s Chandramukhi and Vijay’s Sachien. It was a huge letdown at the box office.
Kamal in 'Vetaiyaadu Vilayaadu': Gautham Menon, a long standing fan of Kamal, directed him in the cop saga, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu which went on to become a huge success.
Kamal in 'Dasavataram': 2008 saw Kamal re-invent himself by playing ten roles in the film Dashavataram. Though the film received mixed reviews, it went on to become one of the most highest-earning films of Tamils cinema.
Kamal in 'Unnai Pol Oruvan': Kamal produced and starred in the very successful Unnaipol oruvan, the Tamil remake of the Hindi hit, A Wednesday. The film saw him pair up with the Malayalam actor Mohanlal in Tamil and Venkatesh in the Telugu version.
Kamal in 'Manmadhan Ambu': His latest outing was Manmadhan Ambu, in which he starred alongside the much younger Trisha. The film had an average run.
Kamal in 'Vishwaroopam': Kamal is currently directing his magnum opus Vishwaroopam, which is almost complete. Audiences wait with bated breath for its release, as they know that their idol is sure to come up with something worthwhile.
Kamal and Barry Osbourne: His next venture will be with the Hollywood movie Moghul, Barry Osborne, who produced the Lord of the Rings series.
Kamal Hassan: Though born into a Brahmin family, Kamal Haasan is an atheist, a non-believer and has projected his religious views in his films like Anbe Sivam and Dasavatharam.
Kamal has not endorsed the views of any political party so far. He has kept himself away from the political scene.
He was one of the first celebrities who converted his fan clubs into welfare organizations and had done a lot of charitable work through them.
Kamal and Vani Ganapathy: Kamal married Vani Ganapathy, a dancer and model, at the age of 24. The marriage lasted for ten years, after which they got divorced.
Kamal and Sarika: Kamal started seeing the light-eyed Sarika from Hindi films soon after his divorce from Vani.
Kamal Haasan-Sarika Wedding: Kamal and Sarika lived together for eight years and had two daughters Shruthi and Akshara before tying the knot.
Kamal and Simran: Kamal and Sarika split over his much publicized affair with the considerably younger Simran. But the affair did not last long and Simran went on to marry her long-time friend.
Kamal with Gautami and family: Kamal now lives with his co-star of several films, Gautami. She is a divorcee and has a girl child from her earlier marriage, who also lives with them.
Kamal and Gautami: Gautami, in her candid interviews, has talked about how Kamal helped her cope and beat breast cancer.
Kamal and Shruti Hassan: Kamal’s elder daughter Shruthi is into films and is a singer too. Younger daughter Akshara is studying at Bangalore.
Kamal and Kalaimamani MGR: Kamal is the most celebrated actor of Indian cinema, winning over 200 awards for his vast body of work. Kamal won President’s gold medal at the age of six for Kalathur Kannamma. He received the Padma Shri award in 1990. He has won three National Awards in the best actor category and one as the producer of the best film.
Kamal Hassan with one of his many Filmfares: Kamal has won a record 19 Filmfare awards in all, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. In 2000, he wrote to Filmfare and requested them to not give him any more awards.
Seven of Kamal’s films have been official Indian entries to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the most films ever submitted for any actor in India. Kamal is one of the esteemed few, who has completed 50 years in the film industry. He was chosen as the “Director in Focus” at the Rotterdam Film Festival and his Hey Ram was shown at the festival.
Kamal with Manmohan Singh: Kamal was given the title "Indian of the Year" in 2010 for completing 50 years in the film industry by CNN IBN television network. Kamal was also given an honorary doctorate from Sathyabama Deemed University.