CHENNAI: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, preparing to launch his political party today, began his trip with a visit to the home of his hero, former President APJ Abdul Kalam, in Rameswaram of Tamil Nadu. In a few hours, the 62-year-old man will unveil the name and flag of his new party at a public meeting in Madurai, some 170 km away.
At the home of Dr. Kalam, Kamal Haasan spoke with the non-humanitarian brother of former President Mohammed Muthumeera Lebbai Maraikkayar and other relatives. He also tweeted about the visit.
Greatness can come from simple beginnings. Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man’s simple abode. #maiam
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 21, 2018
The actor abandoned his plans to visit Dr. Kalam’s school, reportedly after he was denied permission from the local administration.
Kamal Haasan will travel through Manamadurai, his hometown Paramakudi and Ramanathapuram, and will head to public meetings before the big launch in Madurai. In parts of Rameswaram, his supporters shouted slogans from “Hail Varungala Muthalvere” (future prime minister). “Before the big launch, Kamal Haasan has released a hymn,” Nalai Namathe (Tomorrow is ours) “.
The prime minister of Delhi and the head of the Aam Aadmi party, Arvind Kejriwal, are scheduled to attend the launch.
The choice of Madurai is significant; it is the political capital of Tamil Nadu and has a considerable presence of Thevars, a politically significant community that has often appeared in Kamal Haasan’s films. It is important to note that for the actor, Madurai is also the city where his icon Mahatma Gandhi adopted the spine.
On Monday, the actor met the other Tamil mega-star, Rajinikanth, who also announced his political debut, and also leaders of opposition parties such as DMK boss M Karunanidhi and DMDK boss Vijayakanth. He said he called “whom I love.”
Before leaving Chennai yesterday, Kamal Haasan said: “I am entering politics only because the AIADMK in power is bad, which is why I do not meet any of them.”
In Madurai and along the route from Rameswaram to the temple city, there are posters representing Mr. Haasan in different political roles in which his fans and followers would like to see him. Some posters show Kamal Haasan as a second Dr. Kalam, with the caption: “Kamal is a second Kalam.”