Kamal Haasan (often misspelled Kamal Hassan) and Rajinikanth are movie stars from South India, with careers mainly in the Tamil Film Industry. Rajinikanth, often affectionately called Rajini, has claimed that he learned acting by watching Kamal Haasan movies. Thanks to their popularity, most Tamil cinema lovers know everything there is to know about these actors.
Kamal Haasan was born on 7th November, 1954 in Paramakudi, Madras, India. He was married to Vani Ganapathi in 1978. The marriage resulted in a divorce in 1988. He then tied the knot with Sarika in the same year and subsequently split in 2002 for allegedly having an affair with his co-star Simran Bagga. He is currently in a live in relationship with Gouthami Tadimalla since 2004.
Rajinikanth was born on 12th December 1949 in Bangalore, India as Shivaji Gaikwad. He got married to Latha Rangachari on 26th February, 1981. They currently have two children together: Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth.
Kamal Haasan was first seen on the silver screen at the age of 4 in Kalathur Kannamma. He worked in five other Tamil films before taking a nine year hiatus from acting to concentrate on his education. During this time, he learned karate as well as Bharatnatyam – a form of classical Indian dance. After his break, he returned, only to be seen in supporting roles till the ‘70’s.
Rajinikanth worked as a bus conductor but quit his job to study at the Madras Film Institute in 1974. Thereafter, he made his debut in Apoorva Raagangal and Andha Kanoon (Bollywood) in 1975.
Kamal Haasan began acting at age 4 and went on to complete over 100 films. He acted as a supporting actor, after his 9 year break, in most of his films, but ended that stint with Naan Avanillai. From then on, Haasan established himself as a solo lead actor and never looked back. He went on to act in Hindi, Malayalam,Bengali, Telegu, Tamil and English movies.
Rajinikanth has delivered films in 7 different languages. He has worked in 101 movies in Tamil, 17 in Telugu, 11 in Kannada, 24 in Hindi, 2 in Malayalam and one each in Bengali and English. His stint as a supporting actor lasted merely two years before he established himself as a credible solo actor in 1978.
Kamal Haasan has been honored with the most prestigious awards an actor can hope for. His first Flimfare Award (Regional) was in 1974 for a Malayalam movie – Kanyakumari. Within a span of four years, he went on to win six Best Actor Flimfare Awards (regional). He has won four National Film Awards, nineteen Flimfare Awards for films done in five different languages. The state of Tamil Nadu presented him with Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. He was also the recipient of Nandi Awards and Vijay Awards.
Rajinikanth won a Flimfare Award for Best Actor for his Tamil movie Nallavanuku Nallavan in 1984. From 1977 until 2009, the actor was given a many awards and those included a few from Flimfare, the state of Tamil Nadu, Cinema Association and Filmfans Association. He received the Raj Kapoor Award from the Government of Maharashtra in 2007. He was also given the Padma Bhushan, the third in line of highest award for Civilians awarded by the Government of India. In 2010, he received the Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema.
Kamal Haasan has starred in various movies over the years. A short list is given below:
Aalavandhan(2001), Alavuddinum Athbutha Vilakkum(1979), Ananda Jyoti(1963), Anbe Sivam(2003), Aval Appadithaan(1978), Avvai Shanmugi(1996), Dasavatharam(2008), Devar Magan(1992), Duet(1994), Gunaa(1992), Hey Ram(2000)
Rajnikanth has delivered over 150 movies since his debut. A few of them are listed below:
Avargal, Kavikuil, Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram, Silakamma Sepinthi (Telugu), Bhuvana Oru Kalvi Kuri, Ondhu Prematha Katha (Kannada), 16 Vayathinila, Sakodara Saval (Kannada), Sakodara Sapatham (Tamil), Tiller (Hindi), Adu Puli Attam