PIL against Kamal Haasan for hurting Hindu sentiments

Veteran Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan has got into fresh trouble after a right-wing fringe group filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

Members of Hindu Makkal Katchi filed the PIL in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli District Court. They objected to the actor’s remarks about the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata during a recent interview to a local channel.

The ‘Vishwaroopam’ actor had said, “In Mahabharata, Panchali was used as a pawn while the men gambled. She was used as a collateral and India is a country that respects and honours a book that revolves around men using a woman to gamble away as if she was a mere object.”

The Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) took serious objection to Kamal Haasan’s remarks and claimed that it may incite enmity between groups and cause disturbance to public tranquillity. The HMK called Haasan an ‘anti-Hindu’ and even questioned if he had the guts to speak against The Bible or The Quran in the same way.

“When ‘Vishwaroopam’ released, Muslims (several groups) had protested against the movie (for allegedly depicting the community in a negative light). He had then said that there is no safety in this state and that he should go somewhere else and live,” Rama Ravikumar, HMK state secretary was quoted as saying in a report.

He added, “He (Kamal Haasan) does not have the guts to talk about any other religion. He is an anti-Hindu person, so we complained against him. We have been suffering for long but haven’t been saying anything.”