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New Delhi, July 2, 2010
A retrospective of the films of well-known actor Kamal Haasan opened at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi today to celebrate his 50th year in movies.
The three-day event was inaugurated by Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Ambika Soni, who said the films chosen for the retrospective represented the spectrum of Kamal Haasan's work and showcased his sensitivity towards different characters, ideas, issues and images.
"A retrospective of films is a visual feast for the movie buff, as it provides an opportunity to view classics and also reflect their impact on society and human life, she said.
Ms Soni said Kamal Haasan had as an artiste over a period of time balanced cinema with realism. She said his portrayal of different characters created a pan India phenomenon, breaking the barriers of age groups, language and commercial interest.
According to her, some of the characters he played had left a deep imprint across all generations.
"His multilingual cinematic versatility ensured a fan following reiterating his mass appeal and acceptance of his cinema as a unique artistic expression," she said. She also pointed out that all the films being screened during the festival had a strong social message.
The Minister also stated that India’s brand identity as a nation of entertaining cinema was not due to Bollywood alone. It was the creative genius of cinema in all languages that also contributed immensely to the multicultural identity of the Indian film movement. The cine artistes also contributed in positioning India’s imprint as a nation with rich cinematic history worldwide by being goodwill ambassadors for the country.
The retrospective, organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, features such films as Anbe Sivam, Virumaandi, Thevar Magan, Sagara Sangamam, Dasavatharam amd Nayagan.