: Putting up a brave front in the wake of reports that screenings of Vishwaroopam were cancelled abruptly in several parts of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday morning, actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan said he is likely to face bankruptcy for the third time in his life and that if he found no place in Tamil Nadu to continue his profession, he may have to look for a place in any other secular State in the country.
“When [M.F.] Husain can do it, Haasan will do it... I am fed up. I am an artist. After that, I will have to seek a secular State for my stay... secular State from Kashmir to Kerala, excluding Tamil Nadu... Tamil Nadu wants me out,” he said.
In a calm, composed but strong address to the media at his residence in Chennai, Mr. Haasan said he had pledged his entire property for the making of the film and that he had informed his creditors that they can attach all his property if the film did not recover its Rs. 100-crore budget beyond a certain given date.
The actor said he had been apolitical all his life and always encouraged minorities. Several Muslims were his fans and he had always encouraged more Muslims find a place in his Narpani Iyakkam. (Kamal Haasan does not have fan clubs. His fans run welfare associations in the name of Kamal Narpani Iyakkam. )
He said the delay in relief after the legal tangle had caused him substantial loss. But he would wait in the hope for a favourable legal outcome.