Actor Kamal Hassan has been the subject of gossip ever since he had hinted at joining politics. Recently, the 62-year-old actor drew flak for penning and opinion piece in a Tamil magazine against right wing groups saying they’re employing “terrorism to propagate their agenda”. Now it seems South Indian actor, Prakash Raj has come out in support of Hassan after he tweeted yesterday, “If instilling fear in the name of religion..culture..morality is not terrorizing..than what is it ..#justasking”.
From a case being registered against him, to being compared to Hafiz Sayed, to (quite ironically) being threatened to be shot, Hassan had a lot of people fuming over his article in the Tamil weekly, Ananda Vikatan. Hassan wrote, “Earlier, the right-wing Hindus employed debates, and not force, against people of other religions. Having realised that their attempts are failing, they have started using violence."
BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao compared Hassan to Hafiz Saeed, called him “an extension of the Congress party”. "People of Tamil Nadu will reject this type of cheap politics which Kamal Hassan is also trying to play," he added. A defamation case was filed against the actor in Varanasi on Friday.
Reacting to Hassan’s allegation of calling right-wing groups terrorists, Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha’s national vice-president, Pandit Ashok Sharma, stated that, “Kamal Haasan and likes of him should either be shot dead or hanged so that they learn a lesson. Any person who uses abusive language for people belonging to Hindu faith does not have the right to live on this holy land and they should get death in return of their remarks".
Hassan was also called a “wannabe MGR” by the BJP.
However, it seems Raj has supported Hassan’s claims after tweeting out his message against right-wing groups. Notably, last month, the 55-year-old actor returned five of his National Awards over Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s silence over the murder of journalist, Gauri Lankesh. Stating that Modi and and Yogi Adityanath are actors, Raj said, “They have given me five National Awards. I feel like giving it to them. These are bigger actors than me."