The three time national award winner, Kamal Haasan, called as Ulaganayagan, is well known for coming up with astonishing roles in films of all genres. At the age of six he was introduced as a child artist in Kalathoor Kannama.
Reverently passionate about movies, he has acted in Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and off late in Kannada films. He won national awards for the films Moonram Pirai, Nayaganand Indian. Seven of his movies have been sent by the Indian officials for the Oscar award.
He was awarded Padhmashree for his achievements and contributions to the Tamil film industry. Not only is he an extraordinary actor but also a great director, producer, singer and a very good writer. His present projects include Vettaiyadu Vilayadu directed by Gowtham Menon and a Kannada film directed by Ramesh Arvindh. He is the first actor to turn his fan clubs into service organization.
The evergreen unique actor and the Superstar of Tamil industry, Rajnikanth was introduced by the renowned director, K Balachandar in the movie Aboorva raagangalas a co-artist. He continued acting in Tamil films as a villain and was given a chance to act in a protagonist role in Bhairavi. His style of acting, free flowing comedy and stunts helped him in achieving continuous hits over a long period of time. It was Thalapathy and Batsha that brought him to the pinnacle of glory.
Film Baba which was written and produced by him did not give him fame and was taken up much by its downfall. Then after a long gap Rajnikanth proved himself as the sole leader in Tamil industry through his film Chandramukhi. He was conferred Padhma Bushan.
Mani Ratnam can be given the credit for bringing Tamil films into International arena. His long career in Tamil film industry is characterized not by the quantity but the quality of his films. He is the only person who has become a director without ever working as assistant director He is the front line directors of Tamil cinema. His works includeNayagan, Mauna Ragam, Anjali, Thalapathy, Roja, Bombay and Uyirae.
Pagal Nilavu was his first film in Tamil, from then he went on to establish a place for himself in Tamil film industry. His films are very popular for the exotic locations and excellent photography. He introduced the king of music AR Rahman through the film Roja.
The Tamilnadu Government Award was given to his best film “Roja” Sparing Alaipayuthae his recent films had not done well only in urban areas. His production works are done under the banner Madras Talkies. He had recently received award for the best screen play for the film “Yuva”.
Making his debut in the film Pathinaru Vayathinilae as a writer and director, Bharathiraja had introduced many leading artists in Tamil industry. He was the person who brought Karthick, Radha, Revathi, Suganya and Priyamaniin Tamil film industry.
He wrote, directed his first dramas Oor Sirikkirathu (the town laughs) and Oru Kadhai (just a story) and this kindled the artistic spirit in and gave him the courage to look for an opening in the Tamil industry.
The best Regional Film Award was for his remarkable work Mudhal Mariyadhai with the legend, Sivaji Ganesan and he was the recipient of the national award for the filmKaruthamma, named after his mother. His other appreciable works include Alaigal Oivadhillai, Man Vaasanai, Vedham Pudhidhu and Kadalora Kavidhaigal. He had acted in the film Ayuthaezhuthu, directed byManirathnam. He introduced his son Manoj through his film TajMahal.
The only ace director of Tamil cinema, who has worked against the challenges for the past three decades and is a special identity to Tamil films. Balachandar called asK.B. had directed hundred films in his long career and great stars like Kamalahasan and Rajinikanth got their introduction into Tamil cinema only through him. He started a drama troupe by name Rahini Creations and staged Major Chandraganth which gave him very good popularity and his burning desire to enter Tamil film started then onwards. He put forth his thoughts on women freedom through his films Aval Oru Thodarkathai,Manathil Urudhi Vendum and Kalki. He had done films in almost all topics relevant to Tamil industry when M.G.R.and Sivaji Ganesan were the prime lead role players in Tamil industry. Though his hundredth film, Paartahle Paravasam was a flop, he is doing a film project, Poiiproduced by Prakash Raj who was introduced by none other than by K.B. himself. He also produces films under the banner Kavithalaya. His never compromising attitude brought glory and success to Tamil films and also films in telugu, Hindi, and kannada He won Film Fare Award on 12 occassions.
National Award was given to him for the best social film “Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal”and He was awardedKalai Maamani award by the Tamilnadu GovernmentPadmaSree Award was awarded to him by the Indian Government in 1987.
The Isaignani (wisdom of music) of Tamil industry, Ilayaraja, had inspired masses with his music works. He walked through the rough road ahead of him from starting an orchestra named Pavalar brothers until he got the chance to compose in Annakilli, his first film. He is uncomparable in trend setting and his professional composing style. His potential in background music is amazing. He has composed music in all South Indian languages and won the best music director award in Malayalam and he was the first person who designed songs which starts with a rhythm He had won three national awards; two for Telugu films and one for a Tamil film (Sindhu Bhairavi). He had introduced many singing legends, the prominent one being the six time national award winner Chitra. He had composed and released a symphony on Thiruvasagam. Six tunes of Chinna Thambiwere produced in 45 minutes by Ilayaraja. His talents in carnatic music is in no way inferior and he was appreciated by most of the carnatic specialists. He has completed 10 degrees in piano in a London university the top most piano university. His both sons, Karthick andYuvan are music directors and his daughter Bavadharaniis a singer.
Allah Rakha Rahman was born AS Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966, in Madras (now Chennai), India, to a musically affluent family. Dileep started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, he joined Ilayaraja’s troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11. He dropped out of school as a result of this and traveled all around the world with various orchestras.
He accompanied the great tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on a few world tours and also won a scholarship at the Trinity College of Music at Oxford University, where he studied Western classical music and obtained a degree in music. Due to some personal crisis, Dileep Kumar embraced Islam and came to be known as A.R. Rahman. In 1987, he moved to advertising, where he composed more than 300 jingles over 5 years. In 1989, he started a small studio called Panchathan Record Inn, which later developed into one of the most well-equipped and advanced sound recording studios in India.
At an advertising awards function, Rahman met one of India’s most famous directors, Mani Ratnam. Rahman played him a few of his music samples. Mani loved them so much that he asked Rahman to compose the music for his next film, Roja (1992). The rest, as they say, is history. He went on to compose several great hits for Tamil-language films before composing the score and songs for his first Hindi-language film, Bollywood Dreams (1995). The enormous success of his first Hindi venture was followed by the chart-topping soundtrack albums of films such as Bombay (1995) , Dil Se.. (1998), Taal (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), which was nominated for best foreign-language film at the 2002 Academy Awards.
More recently, he worked with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Shekhar Kapur (director of Elizabeth (1998)) on a musical called “Bombay Dreams.” At 36 years old, A.R. Rahman has revolutionized Indian film music and one can only expect this musical genius to reach greater heights.