Kamal Haasan decides to quit acting for the sake of politics
Chennai, Feb 14: Film buffs across the world are surely going to miss Kamal Haasan, the great actor, as the superstar has decided to quit acting for the sake of politics.
"Except for the two films which are coming out, there will be no more films for me," Haasan told India Today during an interview at Harvard University in Boston on Tuesday.
The 63-year-old actor-turned-politician is all set to announce the name of his political party and its guiding principles in the later part of February. The national award-winning actor, who has been vocally speaking against Hindu right-wing groups, in the interview reiterated that Hindu extremism is a threat and he cannot just keep complaining about it.
Haasan said "black" is the colour of his politics. However, the actor-politician is concerned about the saffron colour (associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)). He added that black in his politics reflects a Dravidian tone and the dark skin.
"It's culturally not a bad colour for us, Tamils."
"Ideologically, I believe in certain kind of India. It's nothing new. We have always been practising. It worked well for me. I am not a guy who hates change but not this kind of drastic change -- monolithic and monoculture."
Regarding his future plans if he fails to win elections, the actor-politician said, "I will have to do something for an honest living. But I don't think I am going to lose."
"I may not have been a political entity but we have been in social service for 37 years. In these 37 years, we have collected about 10 lakh loyal workers.
"They are with me for the past 37 years. At my instruction, they have engaged more and more younger people in our welfare movement over the years including about 250 lawyers. All would become volunteers," he added.
The 63-year-old actor, who is forming a new political party, added, "I am earnest. I am not here to improve my bank account. I could have led a happy, retired, popular life. My decision to come into politics is as I do not want to die merely as an actor. I will die in the service of people and that I have promised myself."