Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Kamal's multi-faceted talent came to the fore in off-screen departments like direction, scripting, screenplay, special effects and these reached full bloom in this decade.

Again, he has played diverse roles in this period, which include:

A Hindu fundamentalist in Hey Ram
A mentally affected Sri Lankan Tamil in the comedy Thenali
A pair of twins (one of which is a deranged psychopath) in Aalavandhan
An ardent bachelor turned lover in Pammal K. Sambandam
A randy pilot in the comedy caper Panchathantiram
A disabled altruist in Anbe Sivam
A rustic wrongly jailed for the murder of his lover in Virumaandi (directed by Kamal)
A deaf circus stuntman in Mumbai Express at the age of 51 An old age student of MBBS degree, Vasool Raja M.B.B.S, a remake of Hindi film, Munna Bai M.B.B.S
As DCP Raghavan, a smart and suave policeman with his "Raghavan instinct" out to trace a serial psychopath killer duo in Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu
Thenali which released in 2000, was the first Kamal film to gross almost Rs.300 million at the box office.

Vasool Raja M.B.B.S and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu mopped up over Rs.400 million each at the box office. These back-to-back blockbusters proved his persistent hold on Kollywood and silenced critics.


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