Thiruvananthapuram: Veteran actor Kamal Hasan
today said he was greately indebted to Kerala as it was
Malayalam cinema that spotted the artist in him nursed him
to emerge what he is today.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural of the
Onam-Tourism week celebrations organised by the state
government, where Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan honoured
the thesipan by presenting him with `ponnada` and showering
glowing tribute to him as an artist and socially-concerned
"It was veteran Mlayalam film director K S Sethumadhavan
who initiated me into my career as a young boy. Later, I
was adopted by leading Tamil director K Balahander," the
"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 artist", he said.
Referring to the eye-donation campaign being launched
at his initiative here tomorrow, he said " now the people of
Kerala ask me what have you done for us in return.It is as
an answer to this question this campaign is being launched,"
He said the eye-donation movement was part of his humble
endeavour to reciprocate the love, affection and support the
Malayalis had extended to him by seeking to do something above
Sethumadhvan, who initiated Kamal into Malayalam cinema
when he was just a five-and-a-half year old, was among those
who feliciated him on the occasion.
A light-and-sound show titled " Suvarna Kamalam" in honour
of Kamal Hasan when he celebrates the gold jubilee of his
career,conceived by eminent director T K Rajiv Kumar, was the
highlight of the evening.
Kerala Tourism Minister Kotiyeri Balakrishnan, Culture
Minister M A Baby, Civil Supllies Minister C Divakaran and
Youth Affairs Minister V Surenderan Pillai felicitated the
actor on the occasion.
Mementos from various film bodies were presented Kamal