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New ‘Kamal’ blooming in the South

I have been an ardent admirer of the acting talent of South Indian film star Kamal Hassan from a young age when I started to appreciate movies for their acting, stories and direction. I enjoyed the nuances of his acting since his brilliant performance in ‘Sadma’ and ‘Pushpak’.

I am extremely happy that he has decided to take a plunge into politics. I am a believer that if you such have a opinion to what is wrong in the nation and what should be done right for the nation, then instead of being an armchair activist; you must enter politics and be the change you want to be, as Mahatma Gandhi had advocated.

Kamal Hassan idea of a better India might differ from mine in the manner in which we want to achieve a better India or our definition of India or its much prostituted word ‘secularism’ but it is important to differ in our thoughts and manners but not intent for a better India.

Kamal Hassan appears to be someone who does not like the Indian political ‘Kamal’ or subscribes to the BJP and RSS idea of India; he has made that clear when he stated that ‘saffron’ would not be his colour. Saffron is also not my colour, but neither is Kamal’s black. My colour is the ’Tiranga’ and that’s the only colour I believe in and follow.

If Kamal Hassan believes that his film popularity or a supposed-saviour of common man strategy like in his movies would become his core strategy or like Arvind Kejriwal of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he will be fooling himself. The problem with politics is when you become larger than the people, the people don’t like you anymore.

India today is a young India, they do not want leaders to sit on a pedestal and dictate their future; people of India today want to walk along with the leader to change the destiny of the nation.

Young India is a vibrant India. It is a India that wants results not rhetorics. It might work in a movie not in politics. But having said that politics in Tamil Nadu has always been welcoming to their film stars and most time they believe that their reel life will metamorphosize into a real life hero.

With great power comes great responsibility, is a common adage. Kamal Hassan has decided to embark on this political journey by carving out his own political party driven by his vision and mission; I certainly hope and pray that he succeeds, if the vision and mission if for Tamil Nadu and India and not as some patsy being propped up to counter the surge of BJP only in the South.

It is too early to gauge the success of the Kamal’s endeavour but I admire that he has stepped into the ring to fight for what he believes in.

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