‘I will not criticise Rajini, I will criticise his politics if I disagree with it’: Kamal Haasan
Speaking at an awards event organised by News18 Tamil, and fielding questions from popular Tamil news anchor and journalist M Gunasekaran, Kamal said that he will question Rajinikanth’s politics if the need arises. He was responding to a question on why he has refused to criticise Rajini so far.
“After Rajinikanth starts his political party and announces his ideology, if we have any criticism for it, we will be tough with it and if we have appreciation for it, we will be open about it,” he said.
“And even when we do criticise, we won’t criticise him, we will criticise his politics if we disagree with it,” he said.
Kamal also fielded questions on several other issues, from his criticism of the present AIADMK government to which political stalwart of the past he models himself on.
“For me, AIADMK is another political party. My criticism is about the present government. AIADMK is a party, that’s all. Like my party, that is also a party, that’s all,” he said, when asked if he is particularly targeting the ruling party over personal differences with them.
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The actor-turned-politician had launched his political outfit Makkal Needhi Maiam on February 21. Days before the launch, Kamal Haasan met Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai.
Rajinikanth and Kamal’s relationship goes back decades, as the duo have acted in several films together in the 1970s.
“It is a courtesy call and not a political meet. I met him and told him about my decision. I am meeting people I like before I begin my journey. Meeting him is part of friendship, not about politics,” Kamal told reporters after his meeting.
Rajinikanth also spoke to the media following the visit. He said, “Kamal wants to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. I will pray to god that he will attain success.”