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He didn’t say anything wrong or new: Kamal Haasan on Rajinikanth’s views on politics

Speaking at the trailer launch of Tamil Bigg Boss, veteran actor Kamal Haasan also said that no rational person should join politics.

regional movies Updated: May 27, 2017 11:45 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Kamal Haasan,Rajinikanth,Tamil Nadu
Kamal Haasan is of the opinion that rational people ought to stay away from politics.(AFP)

Nobody can stir up a controversy like actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan. While talking to a section of media at the trailer launch of Tamil Bigg Boss, which he will be hosting, Haasan said that no rational person will ever think of joining politics. “People should realize that politics is not a place to earn money. The situation in Tamil Nadu is such that, no ration person should take political plunge, not even actors.” On being asked when he would take the political plunge, Haasan pointed out that he entered politics at the age of 21, the day his finger was inked. “I joined politics when I was 21, the day I put a dot on this finger. I’ve been in politics since then. But I don’t fight for the competitive politics and I decide who should and who should not come in politics,” he said.

Does he support his best friend and superstar Rajinikanth’s recent comments on the state of politics in Tamil Nadu, Haasan said, “He didn’t say anything wrong or new.” On being asked if only a Tamilian should lead Tamil Nadu, the Vishwaroopam star said, “We have had leaders like Gandhi, Nehru and Bose. Were they Tamilians? Weren’t they accepted? There are people in the south who have named their children after these leaders. People in Kerala think I’m a Malayali, but I can’t use that as an excuse to contest for CM’s post there.”

Kamal Haasan will play the host in Tamil Bigg Boss.

On being asked about political interference in the release of films, including his own Vishwaroopam, the star noted that the censor board is now just a certification board. “It’s slowly changing, but we are fighting for our rights and it is happening now. The fact that we have a programme like Big Boss now shows the freedom of expression in India,” he observed.

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First Published: May 27, 2017 11:44 IST