South Indian superstar Kamal Haasan, who is now in the spotlight after the success of ‘Vikram’, said Thursday he will not shy away from politics and will stand in the next Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
The veteran actor said that his Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party has entered its fifth year and that he will not take a break from politics due to the film’s success.
Kamal started the MNM with the idea that he would fill the void left by the deaths of J. Jayalalithaa of AIADMK and M. Karunanidhi of DMK, the two stalwarts of Tamil politics. However, the party did not fare well, winning 3.7 percent of the vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, but saw its share of the vote fall to 2.6 percent in the 2021 general election. Kamal himself had lost miserably to the BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan of the Coimbatore South Assembly seat.
The MNM also failed miserably in the 2021 Panchayat elections and the 2022 municipal body polls, and several senior leaders resigned from the party, including its founding leaders.
With the success of “Vikram” and Kamal Haasan back in the limelight as an actor, the veteran actor told the media that he will vote in the next National Assembly elections.
Kamal Haasan, who has taken a four-year hiatus from the film industry, has returned with a bang in Vikram, which is a super-duper hit.
“Vikram” also has Vijay Sethupathi, Fahad Fazil, Narain, Kalidas Jayaram, Chemban Vinod, Shivani Narayanan and Antony Varghese. Tamil superstar Suriya played an extended cameo in the film.
Kamal had given the film’s director a luxury car and his assistant directors 13 motorcycles. He also gifted Suriya a Rolex watch.
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