1. Vichitra Sodharulu (1989)
Directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and produced by Kamal Hassan himself. Kamal played three characters in the movie. But the dwarf character was challenging of all. Speaking to Hindu in 2008 at Vishakhapatnam director Singeetham revealed the secret behind the look of Kamal. Special shoes were ordered for Kamal for the dwarf role. Kamal had to fold the knees and wear the special shoes for the straight angle shots. For the side angle, a ditch was made to hide Kamal’s leg from feet to knees and Kamal wore the special shoes to already folded legs and director’s assistant named Japan made sure to maintain the correct depth of the ditch and also the level of camera. Cameraman P.C Sriram needs special mention for the effort and Kamal had to practice 15 days to get the walk right.
2. Indrudu Chandrudu (1989)
Indrudu Chandrudu directed by Suresh Krishna and Produced by Rama Naidu under Suresh Productions is another milestone in Kamal’s career. In the movie Kamal played two characters one old character Mayor and other young character. The Mayor character was very challenging. In a interview with a T.V. channel Kamal revealed that he needed to put an extra gum on the upper lip for the old look and for the nose he cut the nib of the feeding bottle and inserted in his nose for it become huge. The dubbing for Mayor’s character by Balasubramaniam needs special mention.
3. Guna (1991)
In Guna movie Kamal played mentally affected person. The song “Kamani Anbodu” composed by Illayaraja is still a classic. The movie is directed by Santhana Bharathi and produced by Alamelu Subramaniam.
4. Avvai Shanmughi (1996)
Avvai Shanmughi dubbed into Telugu as Bhamane Satyabhamane directed by K.S. Ravi Kumar Kamal acted as 60 year old lady. For this movie Kamal Hassan hired Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore. The makeup used to take five hours and remained only for five hours.
5. Indian (1996)
Indian directed by Shankar and produced by A.M. Rathnam on Sri Surya Movies is still a special movie in Kamal’s career. Kamal played two characters Father and Son in the movie. The makeup artist Michael Westmore again played an important role in shaping the old Kamal.
6. Hey Ram (2000)
The movie Hey Ram was a controversial movie in Kamal’s career. The movie was directed and produced by Kamal Hassan. Sharukh Khan played an important role in the movie. Kamal played a Hindu in this movie.
7. Aalavandhan (2001)
Aalavandhan dubbed into Telugu as Abhay was movie based on a novel Dayam written by Kamal Hassan. The movie was directed by Suresh Krishna and Kamal played twins in this movie. One character was a cop and other character was mentally challenged.
8. Anbe Sivam (2003)
Anbe Sivam starring Kamal Hassan and R.Madhavan directed by Sundar C was dubbed into Telugu as Satyam Sivam. In this movie Kamal played two versions of the same character. In the movie he meets with an accident and his look changes completely.
9. Virumaandi (2004)
Virumaandi produced and directed by Kamal Hassan was a blockbuster in Kamal’s career. The movie was dubbed into Telugu as Pothuraju. Kamal played a rogue character in this movie. Live recording was used in this movie composed by Illayaraja.
10. Dasavathaaram (2008)
Dasavathaaram movie released in 2008 is considered a pinnacle in Kamal’s career. Kamal played 10 different characters in the movie. The movie directed by K.S. Ravi Kumar and produced by Venu Ravichandran. Kamal is the only actor who has caliber of playing and handling 10 characters. Indian film industry should feel proud of Kamal’s journey and achievements.