Kamal Hassan
Kamal Hassan

Kamal turns 65, makes it a family affair

S Murari

Kamal Haasan, who has been breathing cinema ever since he entered the film world through AVM’s ‘Kalathur Kannamma’ ( Tamil) as a child artiste in the1950s, turned 65 on Thursday. He made it a family affair by unveiling a statue of his father Srinivasan who was a practicing lawyer in Paramakudi in southern Tamil Nadu.

Except for Prabhu, no other leading film artistes were present at the function in which Srinivasan’s statue was unveiled at his native village near Paramakudi. It was attended by Kamal’s brother Charu Haasan, niece Subashini Manirathnam and other close relatives.

Few office-bearers of his newly floated Makkal Needhi Maiam party were present.

Speaking briefly at the function, Kamal said he was inspired by his father who a freedom fighter. He was denied that he had entered politics as a last resort.

Kamal said that after his return to Chennai, he would unveil a statue of his film guru and director K Balachandar who honed his skills in his formative years.

Though Kamal has said he has come to stay in politics, his debut has been disastrous with his Makkal Needhi Maiam drawing a blank in the last round of Lok Sabha and Tamil Nadu Assembly elections last April.

Like his contemporary Rajini, he too does not want to give up cinema which still remains his first love though he has not made hardly any movie outside his home production company Raj Kamal.

His foray into Vijay TV’s Big Boss show came after his market fell. Like Amitabh Bachchaan who used the Kaun Banega Crorepati, to come out of the red and stage a comeback in Hindi films, Kamal has also been using his Big Boss show. But it has given neither any additional political following nor new films.

The Dravidian majors like the DMK and the AIADMK say Kamal and Rajini are not going far because they are treating politics as a part-time job. This is because their contemporary Vijayakanth is in doldrums though he floated his Desiya Morpokku Dravida Kazhagam(DMDK) in 2006. The party has dwindled further after his recent illness.