30 November, 2020

The Frame Can Be Wider

Kamal Haasan’s anti-corruption outbursts of late can well be signs of the star’s next move: politics

The Frame Can Be Wider

Kindergarten kids. That is to whom Kamal Haasan likened them. “You are saying we are adults. Really? By such behavi­our, you are only exposing yourselves,” the popular actor admo­nished the contestants of Bigg Boss after a round of petulant conduct and catfights on the Tamil television show.

That July 22 remark may as well have been directed at a few Tamil Nadu ministers who attacked the 62-year-old for his allegation that corruption had seeped into every department of the government. It pushed Kamal into a controversy, which soon started gaining new colours. He was posed a question: are you taking the political plunge?

While his colleague Rajnikanth is only waiting for a call from above to anno­unce his arrival in politics, Kamal is making comments that to some sound like precursors to a similar turn. “I have been in politics ever since I participated in the anti-Hindi agitation,” he had tweeted. “If I decide I am the leader, Chief Minister.”

It all started as his reply to a Hindu outfit’s claim...



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