Kamal Hassan to be honoured by Kerala Tourism Dept

Thiruvananthapuram: Leading south Indian actor Kamal Hassan, who had begun his career with Malayalam movies, will be felicitated by the Kerala Tourism department on completing 50 years in cinema.

Various organisations of the Malayalam film industry have extended support to the programme to honour the actor during the inauguration of the `Onam` (Malayalee festival) week celebrations on August 22, official sources here said.

A two-hour cultural programme featuring versatality of the actor who had done roles in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi in his five-decade long career would be held as part of the event.

The actor, who had won four national awards and several other honours during his career, would be honoured by a host of programmes to be directed by noted Malayalam film-maker T K Rajeev Kumar.

A meeting attended by representatives of Film Exhibitors Association, Film Exhibitors Federation, State Film Producers Association, Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) and Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce held here yesterday offered support to the event, sources said.

Eminent directors K S Sethumadhavan who gave Haasan his big break in `Kannum Karalum`, Tamil director K Balachander and other top film-makers associated with the actor are expected to attend the programme.