September 21, 2017
Chennai: The much-hyped up luncheon meeting superstar Kamal Hasan had with visiting Delhi chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal turned out to be an exploratory and familiarisation meeting between the two members of the mutual admiration club.
While Kamal Hasan said he admired the stature of Kejriwal as the fighter against corruption and communalism, the visiting guest repaid the compliment saying that he was a fan of the superstar as well as Kamal as the person who stood up and stuck his neck out when it was becoming risky to do so in the country.
The two leaders addressed a joint press conference, at which the two said that it was a fruitful meeting where they exchanged ideas and notes on current political developments in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere in the nation.
“Kejriwal has a national image as a fighter against corruption and communalism. And for me it is a learning curve, meeting him and discussing national and state politics and wide range of issues,” Kamal Hasan said.
Kamal Hasan, the gracious host, left the mike to Kejriwal who lauded the film star’s courage and integrity.
“We are this point of time in the country, when it is facing strong forces of communalism and corruption and it is important that like-minded people speak to each other,” Kejriwal said. When the going gets tough with communal forces gaining round, Kamal Hasan is a person who has stuck out his neck, Kejriwal said.
Kamal Hasan’s meetings with politicians, first addressing a DMK function, then meeting Kerala chief minister Pinarai Vijayan and now Kejriwal, and his recent statements against corruption and governance indicate that now that he has made up his mind to enter politics. But when and how is the question.
A person close to the superstar indicated that at first, Kamal Hasan would launch a movement, which could be transformed into a political party, something what Kejriwal had done.