Veteran actor Kamal Haasan will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Indian Cinema award at the upcoming IIFA Weekend and Awards.
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will also honour fashion designer Manish Malhotra and actor couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza at the award ceremony, to be held in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, on May 26 and 27.
Haasan, a multi hyphenate cinema personality who has worked across industries in India, said he is looking forward to the 2023 IIFA Awards, PTI and ANI reported yesterday.
Haasan has been a part of the entertainment industry for many years and is known for his outstanding performances in several hit films like ‘Chachi 420’, ‘Nayagan’, ‘Mahanadi’, ‘Indian’, ‘Vikram’ and many more.
A recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, Haasan is one of Indian cinema’s living legends. He started his career at the age of six, in 1960’s ‘Kalathur Kannamma’, bagging the President’s Gold Medal.
He won the first of his four National Awards for his performance as a school teacher whose selfless devotion to a young woman suffering from retrograde amnesia leaves him heartbroken in the 1982 Tamil film ‘Moondram Pirai’, which was remade three years later in Hindi as ‘Sadma’.
Over the years, he has distinguished himself as an actor, filmmaker, screenplay writer, playback singer and TV host, working in not just Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films, but also in the Hindi and Bengali industries. As a director, Haasan made milestone films like ‘Hey Ram’, ‘Virumaandi’, and ‘Vishwaroopam’.
Apart from him, actors and couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza will be awarded for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Regional Cinema’ and Designer Manish Malhotra will also be honoured for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Fashion in Cinema’.
The main awards night will be hosted by Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal on May 27 in Abu Dhabi. IIFA Rocks will be held on May 26.
(Kamal Haasan image courtesy his Instagram page)