After entertaining for nearly five decades, veteran actor Kamal Haasan successfully explored the field of politics and started his new journey by establishing a new regional political party named Makkal Needhi Maiam, last year. While the actor had made some smashing comments on extremists in the past, his latest one is sure to spark a new row of a debate.
During an address of bypoll election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi of Tamil Nadu, Kamal Haasan stated, “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (terrorism, apparently) starts”.
While the country is already in an election mode due to Lok Sabha polls, it will be interesting to see how this statement plays a role in regional politics.
“Today when actors float a party, their on-screen popularity gives them a leg up. But portability of their movie image to real life politician is difficult,” Harish Bijoor, brand expert and founder of Harish Bijoor Consults Inc, told IANS.
According to him, people will start asking so what if an actor comes to politics. An actor can bring the screen imagery to the physical world but after that it is difficult to convert that into votes.
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, after an insipid initial election campaign and unclear positioning during the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, turned decisive to position himself as a third alternative to AIADMK and DMK only towards the end, political analyst Raveendhran Dhuraiswamy told IANS earlier.
“While last minute change in positioning may fetch him some additional votes, Kamal Haasan should have clearly positioned him as an angry new politician from the start. He began tweeting against AIADMK government and that momentum should have been maintained,” perception and political strategist Jhon Arokiasamy told IANS.