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Favourite Five Comedy Movies of Kamal Hassan

In Tamil, the film industry was dominated by Sivaji Ganesan and M G Ramachandran (MGR) when I started watching movies. My favourite was Sivaji Ganesan. After this successful duo, it was Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan who dominated the South Indian film industry. They still are actors to reckon with despite a lot of other talented and popular stars like Vijay, Suriya, Ajit etc...

My favourite is, of course, both Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan. In the newer lot, it is Vijay and Suriya.

Kamal Haasan has won several awards from almost all sources including National Awards four times – a kind of a record. Kamal Haasan has acted in movies in several languages – Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi and Bengali. Apart from these, he has acted in one silent feature film too. Apart from acting he has scripted, directed and produced films. And also he has sung over 70 songs in different languages. He is in the film industry for the past 50 plus years!

Sabash Naidu First Look as posted at

Sabash Naidu First Look as posted at

I wanted to choose my favourite five movies of Kamal Hassan. But the task is mammoth and very difficult to those from several movies which are very excellent and best. Selecting any five best movies is indeed very difficult and impossible task. Therefore I decided to choose only 5 top comedy movies of Kamal Hassan.

Kamal Hassan is already working on his latest movie 'Sabash Naidu' - a comedy cum adventure movie to be released in three languages - Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Besides himself in the role of Balram Naidu, other stars are Ramya Krishnan and his daughter Shruti Hassan. Interestingly, Kamal Hassan's younger daughter Akshara Hassan too joined 'Sabash Naidu' as an assistant director.

Here is the list of my favourite five comedy movies of Kamal Haasan. I have seen these five movies several times and would not hesitate to watch them again, and again!

  1. Apoorva Sagodharargal 1989
  2. Thenali (Tamil, 2000)
  3. Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990)
  4. Panchathantiram (2002)
  5. Pammal K. Sambandam (2002)
Kamal Hassan - a versatile actor from South India... called Universal Actor

Kamal Hassan - a versatile actor from South India... called Universal Actor

Kamal Hassan with his daughter Shurti Hassan

Kamal Hassan with his daughter Shurti Hassan

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Apoorva Sagodharargal 1989

Kamal Hassan as Dwarf (siting left) along with real dwarfs...

Kamal Hassan as Dwarf (siting left) along with real dwarfs...

The hype to the movie made before its release made to watch the movie on the first day first show. To watch the movie Apoorva Sagodharargal I travelled 40 Kilometres. I still remember the crowd and how jam packed the cinema hall was.

I have seen the movie several times. It is a kind of cult movie from South India. After huge success down south in Tamil, the movie was dubbed in Hindi and released one year later for another successful box office outing as “Appu Raja”.

Kamal Hassan was at its best in this movie. He did a triple role in the movie. One as a father and his twin sons! Both the sons get separated due to circumstances. One became a mechanic and the other son Appu is dwarf and works in a circus along with his mother.

The three different roles were done exceedingly well by Kamal. Especially the dwarf role! I still enjoy watching this movie over and over again. I like the scenes where Appu kills his father’s killer one by one using his circus skills.

The dialogues by Crazy Mohan were superb. I still remember several of the dialogues from the movie.

Thenali (Tamil, 2000)

Thenali is my second most watched movie of Kamal Hassan. Here again, Crazy Mohan created another masterpiece script which is laugh riot.

Kamal Hassan played the character of a Sri Lanka who fears everything and seeks medical help. The major portion of the movie takes place in Ooty where Kamal Hassan fell in love with Jyothika, sister of Kamal Hassan’s doctor played by Jayaram. Jayaram’s comic timing and his mimicry were well utilised by director K. S. Ravikumar.

The songs and dances were all enjoyable – and the highlight was the fight sequence by Vikram Dharma.

Video CD cover of the movie Thenali

Video CD cover of the movie Thenali

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Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990)

I didn’t see the movie when it was first released. I got to see a couple of years later. And the moment I saw the movie, I fell in love with the movie.

Kamal Hassan did four different roles in this movie – that of 'Michael, Madana, Kama and Rajan'. Each one was uniquely different than the other. It was sheer talent which clearly showed in this movie. Kamal Hassan later did 10-roles in magnum opus “Dasavathaaram”.

Once again, it was a movie written jointly by Kamal Hassan and Crazy Mohan. Out of the four roles, most riotous one was the character of Kameshwaran (or KAMA) and Thiripurasundari. Urvashi did justice to the role as Thiripurasundari matching antics with Kamal Hassan. The song “Sundari Neeyum Sundhara” still echoing in my thoughts!

“Sundhari Neeyum Sundhara

Panchathantiram (2002)

Another comedy directed by K. S. Ravikumar after Thenali. Like the other four movies mentioned above this movie was super hit at the box office. I saw this movie only on the Television as I was in Jeddah when the movie was released.

The movie revolve around five friends Kamal Hassan, Jayaram (actor from Malayalam film industry), Ramesh Aravind (from Kannada), Sriman, Yugi Sethu.

The movie is complete entertainment. But the most humorous part of the movie is the small role did by Devayani.

Devayani - Kamal Comedy in Panchathanthiram

Pammal K. Sambandam

Though the film was not a commercial blockbuster at the box office, still it was all round entertainment film. Kamal Hassan has eased different roles in his 50-years filmi career. In this movie, he does a role of stunt master. The movie was remade in Hindi in 2009 with big budget, but it flop.

The dialogues by Crazy Mohan in the original Tamil version could not be translated well in Hindi version of the movie. Besides the funny dialogues, the lead pair Kamal Hassan and Simran gave the complete comic treat.


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karthik vetri on December 04, 2014:

Kamal Hassan any comedy film super.

HK from London on December 01, 2014:

Don't think apoorva sagodhargal is suitable here. Sathi Leelavathi is a better choice

bateen on December 18, 2013:

where i get his hindi dubbed movies

Shiva on September 03, 2013:

Kamal's best 5 comedy movies are as under

1. Avvai Shanmugi

2. Manmatha Leelai

3. Apoorva Sahodarargal

4. Pesum padam (Pushpak)

5. Panchathathiram

Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 09, 2012:

cool!! Great choice! I had fun watching those movies. You did a dandy job! :))

vimal christopher on July 27, 2012:

always he is the "talk of the town" u sir

britishfoodrecipe on June 15, 2012:

very detailed update about my hero


SA Shameel (author) from Bangalore on February 20, 2012:

I am also waiting to see viswaroopam. Hope he comes out with excellent project.

wbapartner on February 19, 2012:

Yes. Waiting for his Viswaroopam now which is directed by himself after Hey ram and Virumandi.

SA Shameel (author) from Bangalore on February 19, 2012:

thanks for posting your best five comedy movies of Kamal Hassan. Indeed all his films are classics...

wbapartner on February 18, 2012:

My top five would be

1. Panchathantram

2. Pammak K Sambandham

3. Aboorva Sagotharargal

4. Sathileelavathi


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