Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for lunch this afternoon, setting off another round of talk about his possible entry into politics soon. Kamal was in Kerala for an interview with a television channel ahead of Onam, and paid a visit to the Chief Minister with whom he shares commonalities such as being a rationalist.
Speaking to the media after lunch at Cliff House, the chief minister’s official residence in Thiruvananthapuram, Kamal who, when asked if they discussed politics, candidly said, “For sure”.
“It was a learning experience,” he said, adding that he wanted to visit Kerala last Onam itself but couldn’t.
“I see it as an opportunity to learn from the experiences of Pinarayi Vijayan,” he said. "I will learn from here and go.”
Renowned actor Kamal Haasan visited Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his official residence, Cliff House, today. pic.twitter.com/KCE0nebzj6— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) September 1, 2017
Dovetailing these comments with his recent remarks to fans at a gathering for a wedding ceremony in Coimbatore, where he said it was the beginning of a journey to Fort St George, the seat of the Tamil Nadu Government, it seems like his entry into politics is indeed imminent.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who said Kamal's visit was only a friendly meeting, however, admitted that they discussed the political situation in South India, particularly Tamil Nadu.
Kamal Haasan has been critical of the Tamil Nadu government led by Edappadi K Palaniswami in the past few weeks and has targeted ministers for alleged corruption. They have in return lambasted him and mocked him for being a hit-and-run social media activist of sorts, giving him the moniker Twitter Nayagan (social media hero). Kamal has used social media to exhort his fans and the general public to bombard ministers with written accounts of their numerous encounters with corruption in the state, and to also join hands to clean up the system.
A vocal critic of Hindi imposition surreptitiously attempted by the government at the Centre, Kamal has also condemned politics in the name of religion.