The actor was speaking at the annual Onam festival organised by the Kerala government in Thiruvananthapuram, where he was honoured by Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan for his completion of 50 years in cinema.
Achuthanandan honoured the ‘Ulaga Nayagan’ by presenting him a shawl and paid glowing tributes to him as an artiste and socially-concerned individual.
In his address, Kamal said, “I am at a loss for words to express how deeply I am indebted to Malayalis. It was they who helped me come up forgiving my shortcomings as an artiste.”
A light-and-sound show titled ‘Suvarna Kamalam’ to mark Kamal’s 50 years in Indian cinema, conceived by ace filmmaker T K Rajiv Kumar, was staged. Ministers and veterans from different fields honoured Kamal at the function.