Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan hit out at Tamil Nadu governments – current and earlier ones – for neglecting villages, the farm sector and putting the farming community in a crisis. Haasan, who earlier said he would adopt a village and make it into a “model village”, revealed that his recent visit to the US was to tap to achieve “his goal” the technology and knowledge of Indians who have migrated there. In his latest weekly column in Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan Haasan, the superstar said he met K.R. Sridhar, founder of Bloom Energy that makes the Bloom Box — a generator of clean power based on fuel cell technology.
Haasan said he discussed with Sridhar the possibility of Bloom Box being used in Tamil Nadu villages, adding that Sridhar foresees the days when the state would become a major consumer of such technology. According to the actor, his political journey was to adopt a village, turn agriculture into a profitable activity and (promote) industrialisation in nearby areas without polluting the environment. Haasan said one person in the US mentioned that ‘Ulaga Nayagan‘ (global hero) was now becoming an ‘Ulloor Nayagan‘ (local hero).
The actor-turned-politician, who is set to announce his party and its guiding principles this month, believes Hindu extremism is a threat and he cannot just keep complaining about it.
“Except for the two films which are coming out, there will be no more films for me,” declared Haasan in an interview to private news channel India Today at Harvard University in Boston. On being asked whether he would stick to politics even if he loses the election, he said, “I will have to do something for an honest living. But I don’t think I am going to lose.”
As for his confidence, the superstar said, “I may not have been a political entity but we have been in social service for 37 years. In these 37 years, we have collected about 10 lakh loyal workers.”