The much-loved Kamal Haasan is one of the most outspoken persons in the Tamil film industry today. In the past, he has expressed his frank opinion on a range of topics—right from corruption to the National anthem controversy—and ruffled a few feathers along the way, Now, Haasan has again expressed his views on some burning political issues. During a recent interaction with students at a reputed organisation, he spoke on the recent controversy surrounding ‘Padmaavat’ and said that the attack on children during protests is not acceptable in a democracy.
“We find that school children are being stoned today (for watching Padmaavat) in the name of hurt pride. They get angry at everything. They want us to keep quiet and do as they say. Is this democracy,” he added.
Haasan went on to add that the younger generation needs to follow day-to-day events and develop an understanding of political issues.
“You cannot be mere critics. You have to get involved. Teachers may ask me to not preach politics to students. But these students are tomorrow’s leaders,” added the star.
However, at the same time, Haasan made it clear that vigilantism is not the answer to the political problems facing people and should not be resorted to.
“Vigilantism – the kind you see in the movies – is not the answer to political degradation. The vigilantism displayed in my film ‘Indian’ is not possible in real life. Instead keep vigil over politicians. If you do not like him, do not wait for the five-year term to end. See to it that he is thrown out of the seat,” he added.
Well, these are some strong words and prove that Haasan is most certainly ready to challenge those in power.
On the work front, he currently has ‘Indian 2’, ‘Vishwaroopam 2’ and the spy-comedy ‘Sabash Naidu’ in his kitty.