Music Director AR Rahman presented the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema award to Kamal Haasan. Earlier, it was officially announced that the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will felicitate veteran actor Kamal Haasan with the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema at the upcoming IIFA Awards 2023,Abu Dhabi.
The renowned actor Kamal Haasan received a standing ovation at IIFA 2023 when he was conferred with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema on Saturday. Music maestro AR Rahman gave the award to Haasan, who looked dapper in a black suit.As soon as Haasan received the award, everyone including Salman Khan and fans, stood up from their seats and applauded him. The audience literally burst into a frenzy of acclamation, hissing, and applause.
On receiving the golden trophy, Haasan expressed his gratitude, saying, “I grew up in cinema…I came here when I was three and half…You have been kind enough to allow me to survive till this stage…I am very thankful and humbled.”
Kamal Haasan has been a part of the film industry mainly in Tamil and Telugu, but he is very well known in Hindi and other languages as well. He has been appreciated for his outstanding performances in numerous films like ‘Chachi 420’, ‘Nayagan’, ‘Mahanadi’, ‘Indian’, ‘Vikram’ and many more.
Fondly called as Ulaganayagan by his fans, Kamal began his career as a child artist in the 1960 Tamil film “Kalathur Kannamma,” for which he won the president’s gold medal. He won the first of his four National Awards for his performance as a school teacher whose selfless affection to a young woman distressed from retrograde amnesia leaves him heartbroken in the 1982 Tamil film, Moondram Pirai, which was remade three years later in Hindi as ‘Sadma.
Recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, Kamal Haasan is considered as one of Indian cinema’s living legends.