Haasan's production company, Rajkamal International, has produced several of his films.
Kamal Haasan was titled Kalaimamani in 1979, the Padma Shri in 1990, the Padma Bhushan in 2014 and the prestigious French honour Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2016.
Haasan won best actor the President's Gold Medal – Rashtrapathi Award for his performance in Kalathur Kannamma at age four, and starred in five more films as a child. His time with the theatre company shaped Haasan's craft, and kindled his interest in makeup.
He played the antagonist in Sollathaan Ninaikkiren and Gumasthavin Magal. Haasan's second Malayalam film was 1975's Kanyakumari, for which he won his first regional Filmfare Award.
In 1976, Balachander cast Haasan as a womaniser in Manmadha Leelai; this was followed by Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu (directed by S. Muthuraman), which won him his second consecutive Regional Filmfare (Tamil) Best Actor Award.
Haasan's films during the 1980s included 1980's Tamil-language Varumayin Niram Sivappu, in which he played an unemployed youth; he also made a cameo appearance in Rajinikanth's 1981 Thillu Mullu.
Haasan made his debut in Hindi cinema with Ek Duuje Ke Liye, the remake of his own acted Telugu-language film Maro Charithra directed by K.
After several projects as a child, Haasan's breakthrough as a lead actor came in the 1975 drama Apoorva Raagangal, in which he played a rebellious youth in love with an older woman.
He won his first National Film Award for his portrayal of a guileless schoolteacher who cares for a childlike amnesiac in Moondram Pirai (1983).
In 1978 Haasan made his Telugu film debut with a lead role in the cross-cultural romantic film, Maro Charithra, directed by Balachander.
His fourth consecutive Filmfare Award resulted from Sigappu Rojakkal, a thriller in which he played a psychopathic sexual killer.
With his father's encouragement Haasan joined a repertory company (T. His role as an adult was in the 1970 film Maanavan, where he appeared in a dance sequence.