User:Vensatry/Early life of Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan was born into a Tamil family at Paramakudi, now a part of Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu. His father D. Srinivasan, a lawyer by profession, was a freedom fighter. Haasan's brothers Charuhasan (b. 1930) and Chandrahasan (b. 1936) are both lawyers; Charuhasan would go onto become an established actor in the 1980s. Haasan has a sister named Nalini (b. 1946), who is a trained classical dancer. He had his primary education in Paramakudi, but later shifted to Madras (now Chennai) as his brothers pursued their higher education in the city. Haasan was enrolled at a school in Santhome. As a child, he had more interest in films, fine arts and was strongly encouraged by his father. When a doctor friend of Haasan's mother visited the house of Avichi Meiyappa Chettiar (AVM) to treat the latter's wife, she took Haasan along with her. Impressed by the mannerisms of Haasan, M. Saravanan, AVM's son recommended him for a role in their upcoming production titled Kalathur Kannamma. Baby Daisy Rani who was originally chosen for the role was replaced by Haasan since AVM felt she was "over exposed".