Kamal Haasan said he would wait for the judgement of the
Chennai: Upset over the hurdles caused by the ban on the release of mega budget ‘Vishwaroopam’, an emotional Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said Tamil Nadu (TN) does not want him to stay in the state and he might seek a ‘secular’ place in the country or overseas, reports PTI.
“When MF Hussain can do it, Kamal Haasan will do it... I am fed up. I am an artiste. After that, I will have to seek a secular state for my stay... Secular state from
The actor said he had pledged all his property to make the trilingual movie, estimated to have cost around Rs100 crore. He said he might lose his house because of the losses incurred by the delay in the release of the movie.
Haasan said he was still to get interim relief as the film shows were “started and stopped” by police today, who sought a physical copy of the single judge’s order passed last night, giving clearance of the film.
“...But I believe that along with my Muslim friends, I have been instrument in a political game. I don't know who is playing and not even hazarding the guess. The fact remains that my history has proven that I have been neither leaning to the left nor right but trying to maintain my position,” Haasan said.
He said he would wait for the judgement of the Madras High Court where the Tamil Nadu government today moved swiftly to file an appeal against the interim relief given by the single judge.
“Now I shall wait for the afternoon judgement but after this... I think I will have to see a secular state for me to stay in. I have nothing to lose. I might as well choose a place which would house an artiste like me.
“I will learn in another couple of days whether I will be able to find a secular state in
Clad in a black shirt, Haasan addressed reporters at his office, which was once the house where he grew up.
Making a jocular remark at the title "Universal Hero" that precedes his name in film title-cards, he said his brother Chandrahaasan, 18 years elder to him, had suggested he could go anywhere in the world, referring to his intentions of leaving Tamil Nadu.
On pledging all his property to make the movie, the national award winning actor said this was nothing new for him as he had bounced back from similar situations twice before.
“And I am sure that even if I may not have a house to stay in, I would still have homes to feed me,” he said in an apparent reference to his fans.
Holding that the court had placed priority on law and order against an individual's economic issues, he said he was “even prepared to lose my entire property” for peace.
He said he was particular that Muslims are given a fair space in his monitored welfare movement.
“I don't understand these things, and if I do, I would become a politician,” he said.
Reacting to the controversy surrounding the film, Leela Samson, chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification, said that it was ‘unjustified’.
“This puts the entire film industry and the artistic creative spirit of Indian people under a strain. How will people express themselves freely? And he (Haasan) is not irresponsible. I have seen a lot of irresponsible film but this is not one. So I think it is absolutely unjustified,” Samson said.
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Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said there are 'strong arguments on both sides' with regard to the suggestion for disqualification of candidates against whom charges have been framed in cases having minimum punishment of five years
New Delhi: The Verma panel's recommendation for disqualification of candidates against whom criminal charges have been framed has found little favour with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar who instead wants fast-tracking of such cases, preferably to be decided by a lower court within 18 months, reports PTI.
The Law Minister said he has had preliminary discussion with Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath on the issue of electoral reforms and the Law Commission has been asked to submit "concrete suggestions" on the issue by April.
Kumar said the government would "vigorously take forward" the discussion with political parties to forge a broad political consensus and then bring in the requisite legislation where necessary.
Talking about the recommendation of Justice JS Verma Committee, he said there are "strong arguments on both sides" with regard to the suggestion for disqualification of candidates against whom charges have been framed in cases having minimum punishment of five years.
"Personally speaking, I believe we will have to address the dichotomy between the number of cases in which charges have been registered and the number of cases in which actual conviction has been possible," he told PTI in an interview.
He was asked whether a person should be debarred from contesting elections if charges are framed as recommended by the Verma Committee or the present law should apply under which a candidate can be prohibited from contesting only if convicted with minimum two years imprisonment.