This was followed by a seven-year hiatus from films. Kamal chose to concentrate on his education as well as master karate and Bharatanatyam in this time.
He returned in 1970, even if for a dance sequence in Maanavan. This was followed by small roles in films like Nootrukku Nooru, Annai Velankanni, Kurathi Magan, Kanna Nalama.
Haasan earned his first major role in the 1973 film Arangetram, followed by Sollathaan Ninaikkiren, in which he played the role of a villain. Incidentally, both films starred Sivakumar.
His final supporting role before establishing himself as a lead actor was in Naan Avanillai (1974).