Kamal Haasan’s  most iconic roles in Tamil Cinema

Kamal played as an angry young man attracted to an older woman. It was directed by  K. Balachander

Apoorva Ragangal

1977 film. Bharathiraja’s directorial debut. Through this movie Kamal established as a top class actor. Chappani was the character he played

16 Vayathinile

This psychological thriller set the trend for dark films in tamil. Kamal played the role, who murders innocent women. directed by Bharathiraja

Sigappu Rojakkal

This realistic film was directed by  K Balachander. Kamal played Rangan, a young man unable to come to terms with the ways of the world. Sridevi was the heroine.

Varumayin Niram Sivappu

Kamal’s superb performance as a visually impaired violinist in this film. RaajaParvai was his 100th film and he wrote the script also.

Raaja Paarvai

His role as a school teacher who cares for a woman suffering from retrograde amnesia. He won the national award for the best actor.

Moondram Pirai

Kamal portrayed the role of a  tragic lover  in this movie. He also played Charlie Chellappa, paying tribute to one of his cinema idols, Charlie Chaplin.

Punnagai Mannan

This movie was listed by Time magazine among the ‘All-Time 100 Best Films’. From an innocent young man to an underworld don. Kamal's performance was one of the best Indian cinema has ever seen.


Kamal played the role of an amazing dancer. The movie tells a beautiful story of unrequited love.

Salangai Oli

Kamal portrayed triple role in this movie, Father and two sons- Raja and Appu. Circus dwarf role portrayed by Kamal was one of the mindblowing performances given the fact that no CGI was used.

Apoorva Sagotharargal

In this film Kamal played character of  a mentally challenged person. The movie directed by Santhanabharathi and written by malayalam script writer Sab John.


The urban boy becomes a village chief. Sivaji played the role of his father. ThevarMagan was a high point in Kamal’s filmography. The film directed by Bharathan.

Thevar Magan

The film was inspired by Robin Williams  Mrs Doubtfire. Kamal portrayed  the role of Tamil maami.

Avvai Shanmughi

A period film, written and directed by Kamal Haasan. he played a man who experiences the fiercest religious hatred.

Hey Ram

The story was written by Kamal and the  role was superb as the angry young labour leader who later became the man with a scarred face, broken teeth and a limp, espousing the principle of ‘AnbeSivam’.

Anbe Sivam

Kamal wrote and directed this film that explores the idea of the death sentence.  He even trained under a professional bull tamer in Alanganallur for the ‘jallikattu’  scenes in the film.