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‘If I had to worry about joining politics, I wouldn’t have’

Tamil actor-turned-politician Kushboo Sundar, known for her controversial statement about pre marital sex, will do a balancing act between acting and politics

entertainment Updated: May 20, 2010 12:45 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

After being in the eye of the storm for over four years, Tamil actor-turned-politician Kushboo Sundar can finally heave a sigh of relief. Her statement about pre-marital sex, that she believes was an expression of the freedom of speech exercised by all Indians, was misinterpreted by a section of the media and moral police. But she assures us that she never did anything wrong.

Free at last

“It feels lovely to finally be away from all that news and all those cases that I was fighting for the past few years,” says the actor, who has recently stepped into politics, joining the DMK party in Tamil Nadu.

Though there are still small sections of the media who insist that what she said was out of line, her statement and confidence remains undeterred.

“My statement was very clear, I said, if you are involved in pre-marital sex, you should be safe. There was nothing ulterior to it, and I think the government too has proved that now,” she insists, adding, “The media misinterpreted it and kept talking about the morality of a woman, when none of those words were ever uttered by me,” says Suran, who is confident that she will be able to manage her new political career and continue acting in the Tamil film industry as well as Bollywood.

The move to join politics, she admits, was well thought-out, and not a retaliatory move to the current state of affairs. “I have been thinking of joining politics for a while now. I was only waiting for my cases to get over so I could take part in it properly,” she says.

When asked whether joining politics soon after the recent news could prove to be a concern, snap comes the retort: “If I had to worry about joining politics, I wouldn’t have. I am confident of myself.”

Kushboo will soon be seen in a Bollywood movie called

Mad Dad

to be directed by Revathy Varma. She will be playing Amitabh Bachchan’s wife in the film, which is about the bond between a father and daughter.

Back in Bollywood

When asked whether she finds a world of a difference between the Tamil film industry and Bollywood, she laughs. “I will be doing a Bollywood film after almost 23 years. I don’t quite remember how things work there anymore,” says the actor, who manages to watch the Hindi movies that release in theatres down south, but would not call herself an avid fan.

She adds, “I watched

3 Idiots

repeatedly (laughs), that was the last Hindi movie I watched.”

First Published: May 20, 2010 12:31 IST