Vishwaroopam: Kamal Haasan devastated, ready to leave India

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Chennai, Jan 30: Continuous controversy and politics over his movie Vishwaroopam, Kamal Haasan is upset. The superstar on Wednesday, Jan 30 claimed that he is ready to leave Tamil Nadu and India if secularism does not exist in the state or in the country.

"I need a secular place to settle. If there's no secular place in India I would go overseas. My talent would remain with me," said Kamal Haasan.

"Police have sent away fans asking for court order copy. I've been made an instrument along with Muslim friends. I have been trashed in a political game. Monetary loss not important," he added.

Expressing his disappointment with the politics in the state, Kamal Haasan said, "I have pledged all my property for the film. I have lost my house because of the delay in its release."

"I have been made an instrument along with Muslim friends. I do not know who is playing the game. One man's money, his film is not important in terms of a nation. I wonder how one movie could knock this mighty nation's unity," he asserted.

Highlights of Kamal Haasan's statement during press conference in Chennai:

"After this I will have to seek a secular state for me to stay in - from Kashmir to Kerala - excluding Tamil Nadu... I will look for a state to stay. If I cannot find in India, I will hopefully find another secular country that will take me in."

"MF Hussain had to do it, Haasan will do it. I think Tamil Nadu wants me out. I only want to stay in a secular state. However, that does not mean I will not make Tamil films. I am not angry with my people."

"I have the protection - it is only the free will to speak that is being denied. I want to be a secular man. I am not blaming one religion. I am fed up. I am just an artiste, I am godless."

"My fans will keep peace, and that includes a lot of Muslims.
I had shown the movie to my Muslim brothers as they are my brothers. For the sake of this film, I have hawked my house to a moneylender. My talent would remain with me. I have full confidence in judiciary. I have zero tax arrears. I don't disown Tamil Nadu."

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