Kamal dedicates his award to K Balachander
Kamal Haasan received the ‘Lifetime achievement award’, at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival for his immense contribution to cinematic excell...
The award was presented to him by the Chief Minister of Maharastra Mr. Prithviraj Chavan. In the presence of Bollywood celebrities such as Sonakshi Sinha, Tisca Chopra, Nandita Das and Divya Dutta, the 15th edition of Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) had a grand opening at the Liberty cinemas in Mumbai.
Kamal Haasan, who received a standing ovation, dedicated the award to his mentor Tamil filmmaker K Balachander. Speaking on the occasion Kamal said “Many believe that Balachander discovered me, but I believe he invented me. It’s because of teachers like him I’m successful and I dedicate this award to him.”
“There never was a method to my acting. I simply had great teachers, some of whom are present here tonight. I respect them a lot. Festivals have also taught me a lot and I am humbled to have received this honour. I thank the Mumbai Film Festival for promoting talent such as myself,” he added.
Shyam Benegal said, “He is a legend in every sense of the term. He is a writer, singer, director, lyricist and an actor par-excellence. We are extremely honored to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Kamal Haasan.”