Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan needs no introduction in the Indian cinema.
In his career spanning more than six decades, the 67-year-old versatile actor had worn many hats, and pioneered many techniques in the industry.
Below are some of the "firsts" that Kamal has brought to Tamil or Indian cinema:
1) Vikram - 1986
For the very first time in Kollywood, computers were used to record songs composed by Isaignani Ilaiyaraaja, in this action thriller directed by Rajasekhar, and starring Kamal, Sathyaraj, Ambika, Amjad Khan, and Dimple Kapadia, among others.
2) Thevar Magan - 1992
Kamal wrote the story for this film, directed by Bharathan. This was the first time in Tamil cinema a screenplay writing software was used.
3) Mahanadhi - 1994
This critically-acclaimed movie directed by Santhana Bharathi, which dealt with corruption and child trafficking, saw the introduction of the Avid editing software.
4) Kuruthi Punal - 1995
This Kamal, Arjun, Gauthami and Nassar starrer, directed by ace cinematographer PC Sreeram, was the first Tamil film to use Dolby stereo surround SR technology.
5) Indian - 1996
This Shankar-helmed film marked the first time prostethic makeup was extensively used to shape Kamal's role as the graft-fighting ex-freedom fighter Senapathy.
6) Aalavandhan - 2001
This movie by Suresh Krishna, marked two firsts in the Indian cinema. First, it was the first Indian film to use motion control rig to capture the movement of pictures. In addition, this movie was the first in India to use animation sequences as part of the main story line.
7) Virumandi - 2004
Kamal Haasan directed this movie, which was the first Tamil film to use live sound recording system.
8) Vishwaroopam - 2013
This movie, directed by Kamal himself, was the first Indian film to utilize the new Auro 3D sound technology.
There are several other "firsts" that Kamal Haasan had brought to the Indian movie industry, but the above are just a few examples.
The actor's much-anticipated "Vikram", directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, is set to be released in the theatres on June 3.
Source: Times of India
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