Watch 10 Most Underrated Performances Of Kamal Haasan

Watch 10 Most Underrated Performances Of Kamal Haasan

23 Mar 18 @ 2:18 PM

Kamal Haasan, the doyen of Indian cinema has come a long way since he made his debut as a child artiste at the age of four in ‘Kalathur Kannamma’. The multi talented actor, screenwriter, director, producer, playback singer, choreographer, lyricist, philanthropist and dancer made his acting debut as a lead in the 1975 drama ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ which is considered a classic today. He is the recipient of almost all the National and State awards including the Padma Shri in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014, respectively. Though he has done a gamut of films some of which didn’t perform as expected but went on to become classics. Here is a list of 10 films which may not have been received well at the box-office but his performances were underrated.

  1. Aval Appadithan (1978)

    This film was C. Rudhraiya’s directorial debut which starred Sripriya, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Sivachandran. It was one of those films where Kamal Haasan showed sparks of his acting brilliance. This film which explored the plight of women in the society was ahead of its times as it is considered a classic today. The film had music by Ilayaraja. Watch it for the sheer performances of the lead cast.

  2. Varumaiyin Niram Sivappu (1980)

    This was one of director K .Balachander and Kamal Haasan’s best movies which was a satire on the unemployment situation in India. Released in 1980, the film had Sridevi, Poornam Viswanathan, Pratap Pothen, Dileep S.V. and Shekar Bharani. Though the film did average business in Tamil, it was still remade in Telugu as ‘Aakali Rajyam (1981) with Kamal and Sridevi and also in Hindi as ‘Zara Si Zindagi’ with Kamal Haasan and Anita Raj in 1983. K .Balachander wielded the mega phone on both the occasions.
  3. Raja Paarvai (1981)

    Kamal Hassan's 100th film was a no-no at the ticket counters but again was considered as one of his brilliant all time acts as a blind man. He wrote and produced the film and took a long time to recover from its losses. Directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and music by Ilaiyaraaja couldn’t save the film from drowning. Madhavi played the romantic lead opposite Kamal which is one of her better performances. Watch the video song  Azhage Azhagu from the film.

  4. Guna (1991)

    ‘Guna’ always will find a place in the list of Kamal’s most underrated performances in Tamil cinema. The film turned out to be yet another box office failure for the legend but his portrayal of an innocent man suffering from schizophrenia was played to perfection. The scenes between Kamal and the girl he loves (played by Roshni) are something to watch and cherish for long. The relationship that develops between the two is beautifully executed by director Santhana Bharathi. The remaining star cast included Girish Karnad, Sarath Saxena, Janakraj and S.P. Balasubramaniam.
  5. Maharasan (1993)

    Directed and co-written by G. N. Rangarajan, the film features Kamal Haasan and Bhanupriya in the lead roles, while Ramesh Aravind and Raghavi play supporting roles. The film was one of those rare failures despite which Kamal was applauded for his performance.
  6. Nammavar (1995)

    Loosely based on the Hollywood flick ‘The Principal’, ‘Nammavar’ was directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan which starred Kamal Haasan and Gouthami in the lead roles. An off-beat sort of a film where Kamal Hassan played a revolutionary history professor of a college who tries to reform it by his initiatives. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.

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  8. Alavandhan (2001)

    Directed by Suresh Krissna, this physiological thriller had Kamal Haasan playing dual roles with utmost ease. Written by Kamal himself, the film was way ahead of its times and bombed badly at the box-office. Some of the animation sequences in the film send down a chill down your spine. The film was simultaneously released in Telugu and Hindi by the title of ‘Abhay’ which starred Raveena Tandon and Manisha Koirala. Watch the climax of the film.
  9. Virumaandi (2004)

    Kamal Haasan wrote, starred and directed this film which dealt with capital punishment. Playing the title role, Kamal is one of the convicts who is all set to be hanged. The convicts express how they feel about the punishment announced on them and how they’ve become what they are. The beauty of the film is in how it portrays the Rashomon effect in our system and society.
  10. Mumbai Express (2005)

    ‘Mumbai Express’ starring Kamal Haasan and Manisha Koirala was directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and produced by Kamal Haasan and Charuhaasan. Shot entirely in Digital, the film was a madcap comedy where Kamal plays a deaf motor cyclist who makes a living by showing stunts on his bike in the ‘Well of death’. He encounters the dysfunctional family of Manisha Koirala with whom he falls in love. The film fell short of expectations but is a definite watch for Kamal fans.
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  12. Uttama Villain (2015)

    Directed by Ramesh Arvind and written by Kamal Haasan, it starred Kamal himself in the title role along with K Balachandar, K Vishwanath, Jayaram, Urvasi, Pooja Kumar and Andrea. ‘Uttama Villain’ dealt with a fading actor who is looking to give one last memorable performance. The film was a moderate success but Kamal’s act as the veteran actor is worth a watch. Watch the film’s official trailer here.