Jan 30 was good day for me to die: Kamal Haasan

Mumbai, Jan 31 (IANS) A timely tip-off from a retired police officer averted what could have possibly been a murderous attack on Kamal Haasan. Apparently, this benefactor, an old Kamal Haasan fan, advised the actor not to travel alone under any circumstance, as his life was in danger.

Haasan was warned Wednesday when the verdict on the screening of his banned film "Vishwaroopam" was awaited in Tamil Nadu.

Confirming this, Kamal said: "Yes, I was warned. I wouldn't want to name the kind gentleman since his life would also be jeopardized. But yes, I was told not to travel alone."

Nevertheless, the actor says he isn't afraid to die.

"Death is what my opponents desire for me anyway. Creative death. Besides, yesterday (Jan 30) would have been a good day for me to be killed. My Bapuji (Mahatma Gandhi) was killed on this day," said Kamal, who had directed "Hey Ram", a film on Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse in the year 2000.

He says he would anyway die if he is barred from making movies freely.

"I don't understand politics. I am not a politician. I am a filmmaker and an actor. If I am not allowed to make the movies that I want to, I will die. It is as simple as that," he said.

That is why, he says, "I spoke yesterday (Jan 30) at the press conference in Chennai about leaving the country and working in exile. Why should my fans feel shocked at my departure? Subhash Chandra Bose did it, didn't he? He moved out of the country in the latter part of his life, and still remained a true Indian patriot. The same goes for me."

"No matter where I go, I will remain a Tamilian and an Indian. No one can take away my national identity," he added.

On a less grim note, the advance booking queues for Kamal's Hindi-Tamil-Telugu tri-lingual "Vishwaroop" in Hindi and "Vishwaroopam" in Tamil and Telugu, have multiplied manifold in the last few days after all the controversies surrounding the film erupted.

Chuckles the actor, "Maybe this would be my 'Pakeezah'," referring to Meena Kumari's epic swan-song which swung into super-success when the actress passed away two days after the film's release.

--

Get stories like this on the Yahoo app and discover more every day.
Download it now.

Latest News

  • 'Birth of a Nation' star says will not apologise over rape case
    'Birth of a Nation' star says will not apologise over rape case

    By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nate Parker, director and star of the new slavery drama "The Birth of a Nation," said he would not apologise over a 17-year-old rape accusation that has hijacked attention from a film once tipped as an Oscar front-runner. Parker, 36, noted to Anderson Cooper in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday on CBS News' "60 Minutes," that he was acquitted of rape in a 2001 trial, and he asked people to look beyond the incident and focus on his movie. The film …

  • It's hard to be objective right now: Kangana Ranaut

    Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Expressing her views on banning Pakistani actors in Bollywood, actress Kangana Ranaut has said that seeing the disturbed situation where Indian soldiers have lost their lives, it is hard to remain unbiased. Being a guest at the opening ceremony of the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival, the "Queen" actress was present to unveil the trophy. Speaking about the film festival the actress said: "We feel very proud of MAMI festival. …

  • U.S. top court to hear dispute over trademark for band The Slants

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide whether a federal law barring trademarks on racial slurs violates free speech rights in a case involving an Oregon band called The Slants that could impact the high-profile dispute over the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins. The justices said they would hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court ruling last year that sided with the Portland-based Asian-American rock band in its free-speech challenge to part of the 1946 law …

  • Indian wins international screenwriting contest

    New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Adite Banerjie, a New Delhi-based author and screenwriter, is among the top three winners of a Hollywood-based scriptwriting competition. The Finish Line Scriptwriting Competition, based out of Los Angeles, announced the three winners of its scriptwriting contest and Banerjie's drama screenplay titled "Coaching Class" was judged as the first runner-up, read a statement. Talking about "Coaching Class", Jenny Frankfurt of Finish Line, said: "It is a wonderful script and …

  • Vishal-Shekhar replace Amit Trivedi for Bollywood Music Project

    Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Musician Amit Trivedi's close friends and popular Bollywood composing duo Vishal-Shekhar are stepping in as headliners of Bollywood Music Project after he had to back out due to a personal tragedy. Trivedi had to back out from the music festival due to the demise of his father. …

  • Twitteratis hail Indian Army, Modi for surgical strikes

    New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Indian Twitteratis on Thursday congratulated and thanked the Indian Army and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conducting surgical strikes on terror camps along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Eleven days after terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Special Forces targeted "some terrorist teams" positioned at launch pads on the Line of Control (LoC), leading to "significant casualties" to the terrorists and those who …

Loading...