It’s his birthday today. We are talking about the legendary actor-director Kamal Haasan who turns a year ‘younger’ and quite expectedly, fans have been showering him with wishes. Talk of the birthday boy, you cannot proceed further without taking his colleague and one-time rival Rajinikanth’s name. The tussle for the top spot between the two is no breaking news.
Time and again, the two have been locked in a tough fight to the pinnacle. If Rajinikanth won the love of the masses, Haasan dabbled between potboilers and stories with substance winning accolades. But we are not here to start another debate on WHO IS BETTER. As an ardent fan, one would be curious to know, why the versatile actor didn’t prolong his innings in Hindi films like Rajinikanth.
Yes of course, if he had, then we would have been fed with a number of classics which didn’t materialise though because of his love for the roots. Yes, had he decided to shift base to Mumbai, then he could have made many stalwarts run for their money. However, within a short span, the thespian gave us a number of memorable hits like Ek Duje Ke Liya, Saagar, Sanam Teri Kasam, Hey Ram!, Sadma (dubbed), Giraftaar, Raaj Tilak and so on. His path-breaking performance in Nayakan inspired Feroz Khan to make Dayavan which was no close to its Tamil version.
Over and over again, Haasan proved his mettle as an actor who struck an emotional chord with the audiences, yet he never thought of settling in Mumbai and instead preferred focussing on multilingual films dubbed in several languages including Hindi. Talking about Mumbai, have a look at Sanam Teri Kasam opposite Reena Roy – he was at his best beyond doubt and his chemistry with his leading lady was awestrucking. Complemented by RD Burman’s superhit songs, the movie was a blockbuster. And it would be a sin to not mention Ek Duje Ke Liye – a musical hit too thanks to Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s compositions, and of course, Haasan’s ease in getting into the skin of his character played a pivotal role in the success of the movie. Yes. music has also contributed to his films’ box-office returns working in tandem with Haasan’s versatility.
Haasan also stood his ground in several multi-starrers too like Giraftaar and Raj Tilak. Remember the song Aana jana picturised on Amitabh Bachchan and him in Giraftaar – the track still reverberates. He stood tall despite Bachchan’s presence.
Another memorable performance is Saagar where Haasan simply stole the show with his stupendous act – a hardcore romantic who could never gather the courage to express his love for the woman he loved. Sach mere yaar hai sung by SP Balasubrahmanyam picturised on Haasan in the film is one for the folklore.
There are several versions as to why Haasan didn’t concentrate much on Bollywood films and instead chose to release dubbed versions. Bollywood from times immemorial has been plagued by camp wars and it may not be wrong to say that he might have been a victim of such a malice. If it is so then the audiences had to pay a heavy price for no fault of theirs.
Haasan still remains one of the most versatile actors of all time in the history of Indian films and a role model to many cutting across languages and regions. Somebody who has an envious track record despite not trying to find his bearings in Mumbai, still has many up his sleeves for his fans all over. There is news that he would release the teaser of his new movie today as a gift for his fans – we are keen. But before winding up, it would be apt to say that he could have given a thought to doing more Hindi films.