Kamal Haasan awarded the Padma Bhushan

The actor-filmmaker known for his work across all southern languages, was named for the Padma Bhushan award on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day on Saturday

Kamal Haasan will get the award for his contribution to Indian cinema over the last five decades.

The 59-year old, who has so far starred in over 200 films, made his cinematic debut as a child actor in Tamil film Kalathur Kannamma, which earned him the president’s gold medal. His first adult role was in his mentor K Balachander‘s 1973 Tamil drama Arangetram. The two had since then had worked in over 30 films together. Some of his prominent Tamil films include Moondram Pirai, Nayagan, Pushpak, Virumaandi and Anbe Sivam.

Besides working predominantly in Tamil films, Haasan had also starred in films in other southern languages such as Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Films such as Sagara Sangamam, Swati Muthyam and Subha Sankalpam have popularised him in Telugu, while films such as Pushapaka Vimana and Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu are regarded as his best work in Kannada. In Malayalam, he is known for films such as Vrutham, Daisy and ChanakyanHaasan had also worked in Hindi films such as Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Sagar, Raaj Tilak and Giraftaar.

Besides acting, Haasan has also proved his mettle as a director, writer, singer and producer over the years. He had so far directed five films such as Chachi 420, Hey Ram, Virumaandi, Vishwaroopam and soon to release  Vishwaroopam 2.

Haasan is the winner of three National awards and 19 Filmfare awards so far. In 1990, he also received the Padma Shri. He has two daughters – Shruti Haasan, a popular actress and Akshara Haasan.