I chose to keep off politics: Kamal

Actor defends statement of wanting to leave the country after criticism of films

Published: 06th October 2013 08:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th October 2013 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

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“Gandhiji was born to the Diwan of Kathiawar. He went to England for studies, a mark of the affluent in those days. Yet, he chose to live and work for the poor. That is why I admire him,” said Kamal Haasan.

The actor was in the city on Saturday to announce the FICCI MEBC- South, a platform for the South Indian film industry to voice its concerns. The event will be held from October 29 to 30 at Hotel ITC Gardenia.

On why he chose to be away from politics, Kamal Haasan said, “Everyone who has stained his finger here with a black dot during the elections is a politician. I have just chosen to not stain the rest of my hand unlike some others. The more I understand present politics, the more I respect Gandhi.”

He was asked whether he still thought of leaving the country since he had faced public criticism during the release of some of his films like Hey Ram.

“I will not take back the sentiments I have expressed earlier. If I am hounded like before, I may have to resort to this option but the question is will the country leave me? All this is part of me. I can only hope I do not become this intolerant, ever. Karnataka has always been very good to me. I will soon make a movie here,” he said.

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