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Kamal Haasan Controversy: Tamil Superstar’s Comment on ‘Hindu Terror’ Fetches him Backlash and Court Case

The BJP was quick to react to Kamal Haasan’s comment and called him a "wannabe MGR", signaling to his attempt to be like the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK party founder MG Ramachandran.

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Kamal Haasan's comment in his weekly column in the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan has landed him in the middle of a controversy. Wikimedia
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Varanasi, November 4, 2017 : Tamil Superstar Kamal Haasan’s remark on ‘saffron terror’ landed him in the middle of a controversy. In his weekly column in the Tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan, the actor asserted that the right wing cannot deny the influence of ‘extremist elements’ in its cadre.

His statement not only sought him backlash from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), but also fetched him a court case for ‘hurting’ religious sentiments.

Moved by lawyer Kamlesh Chandra Tripathi, a court in Varanasi will today hear a plea against Kamal Haasan, against his comment.

What is the Kamal Haasan Controversy All About?

Through his column in the Tamil weekly magazine, Kamal Haasan wrote that, “Extremism has spread into their (right wing) camp as well.”

He further elaborated his belief on Hindu extremism and wrote “Hindus are losing faith in ‘satyameva jayate’ and instead subscribing to ‘might is right’,” which earned him the wrath of staunch Hindu supporters.

Kamal Haasan’s controversial comment came in response to Kerala CM Pinari Vijayan’s question, who sought the actor’s opinion on the underlying communalism seeking to destroy the tradition of peaceful co-existence apparent in the Tamil Dravidian society.

The Kamal Haasan controversy also coincides with the superstar’s entry into politics.

Reactions to Kamal Haasan’s Comment

The BJP was quick to react to Kamal Haasan’s comment and called him a “wannabe MGR”, signaling to his attempt to be like the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK party founder MG Ramachandran.

RSS partisan Rakesh Sinha also took to Twitter and demanded Kamal Haasan to render an apology.

Colleagues from the film industry Khushbu Sundar and Prakash Raj however seemed to be in agreement with Kamal Haasan’s comment.

The actress applauded fellow actor Prakash Raj for voicing his opinion on the issue.

Case Against Kamal Haasan

Following his comment on ‘Hindu terror’, a case has been filed against Kamal Haasan in a Varanasi court.

The complaint has been registered under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in appropriation to defamation and attempt to cause offence. Additionally, the case has also been registered as an attempt to hurt religious sentiments and incite communal disharmony.

Kamal Haasan’s comment comes right before he is preparing to kick start his political career.

Kamal Haasan has been contemplating launching his own political party, and has been vocal about the same.

The Tamil superstar had previously met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in September this year and discussed his views on recruitment of “young, fresh faces” for the new party.

Furthermore, he had asked his fans to be ready for a “big announcement” on his birthday, November 7.

 

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Top 10 movies of Shruti Haasan you must watch

Shruti Haasan has been a recipient of great pressure due to her father, Kamal Haasan, who is the mega star of South Indian Film Industry.

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Shruti Haasan is a multi talented beauty who is skilled in acting, dancing and singing, Wikimedia Commons.
Shruti Haasan is a multi talented beauty who is skilled in acting, dancing and singing, Wikimedia Commons.
  • Shruti Haasan is a multi-talented entertainer who has been winning audience’s heart since her debut in the film industry.
  • She works in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu language films mainly.
  • She has won many awards and accolades for her performances in various movies.

Shruti Haasan is a well-known name in both the Bollywood and the South Indian film Industry. She is not only beautiful but also multi-talented. She is an actor, dancer and singer, and has proved her mettle in all the three fields of entertainment.

Shruti Haasan has been a recipient of great pressure due to her father, Kamal Haasan, who is the megastar of South Indian Film Industry. However, despite that, she has established herself as one of the most talented actresses in India. Her talent and beauty are unmatched.

Here is the list of 10 of her movies you must watch:

Gabbar is Back 

This movie starred Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan and revolves around the issue of corruption. Despite Akshay Kumar’s dominating presence in the film, Shruti Haasan managed to steal the spotlight. She played the role of a strong-willed woman who is strictly against crime. Her character is not very major but she still managed to make it shine throughout the film.

Luck

Luck was Shruti Haasan’s Bollywood debut. And she made a lasting impact by delivering an amazing performance. She proved herself a competent and talented actress. She also displayed her singing skills in the movie as she sang the title track of the movie.

D-Day

Through this movie, Shruti established herself as a bold and versatile actress. She played a prostitute in this spy-thriller film and won hearts of the audience with her exquisite performance. This one can easily be counted as a milestone in her career. Despite this movie being a multi-starer, Shruti gained the spotlight with her outstanding performance.

7th Sense

7th Sense or ‘7aum Arivu’ is Shruti Hasan’s Tamil debut. It is a science fiction movie, which also featured Suriya, and was directed by A R Murugadoss. This one can easily be called the biggest hit of her career. It is a fascinating movie filled with science and history. Shruti Haasan through this movie made an effective entry in the Tamil cinema.

Gabbar Singh

A remake of  Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’, this movie also stars superstar Pawan Kalyan. In ‘Gabbar Singh,’ Shruti portrayed a village girl who falls in love with the hero. The role was rather a cliche but Shruti made it stand out by her excellent acting, screen presence and confidence. This hit film paved way for more success in Tollywood for her.

Race Gurram

This comedy movie saw Shruti Haasan play the role of a woman who doesn’t show her emotions easily. When she falls in love, she goes through a transformation. Shruti portrayed this transformation beautifully. This can easily be counted as one of her best performances. She also won the Filmfare award for best actress for this film.

Srimanthudu 

‘Srimanthudu’ is an excellent movie. Although this film is mostly focused on Mahesh Babu’s character, Shruti Haasan made her mark by portraying her character excellently. As the film goes on, her character gains importance and Shruti definitely did justice to it.

Anaganaga O Dheerudu

‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu’ was Shruti Haasan’s debut in the Telugu film industry. It was one of her most impressive performances, she took a difficult role and aced it with perfection. She won the Best female debut Filmfare award (Telugu) for this film.

3

Who can forget the infamous ‘Kolaveri Di’ song? It was from the movie, ‘3’ which is a romantic-psychological thriller. Shruti Haasan stars along with Dhanush as his wife in the movie. Her acting is outstanding and her expressions are on fleek in every scene. Her chemistry with Dhanush is also one of the main USPs of the film.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya 

In this Bollywood movie, Shruti Haasan played a simple, village girl who sees good in everything and everyone. This film was a sweet love story. It has sweet dialogues and the cute scene which makes it worth a watch.