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KamalHassan's diatribes

From: Subra Manian (
Date: Sat Aug 19 2000 - 04:55:10 PDT

Respected members of this list,
Pranams !
I am not sure if this information can be posted here, but still I am posting as I felt pained after seeing/listening to an interview by actor KamalHassan.

On Aug-15th , there was an interview in one of the popular tamil tv channels where in Kamal was interviewed by Lyricist Vairamuthu. While Kamal had advocated his feelings many a times in his earlier interviews about his non-beliefs in God/religion/brahminism/Vaishnavism, this is the first time I saw him speaking like this.
While everyone have their right to practice their belief (or rather non-belief), people with powerful voices (or rather acceptance) are expected to show restraint.

He talked about why he refused to undergo upanayanam when it was planned by his father, he need not have used phrases like 'I did not need an aid to scratch my back in the bathroom' kind of language and talking ill about srivaishnavism as well.
Being a born-Srivaishnavite, he could have been more subtle in his language. His double standards stand well exposed when he uses the same religion/brahminism/vaishnavism in his movie roles to further commercial interests.
When a person like him (who can influence lots of youngsters through his actions) is using such language against his own born-religion/sect, it is likely that many youngsters of this age are likely to get influenced by this type of double-speaks.

All the opinions above are my opinions (IMHO!)
Not sure if other senior members of this list concur with this.

best regards

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