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When he turned nostalgic

Actor and founder leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan with Ramasamy, a native of Paramakudi, who took care of him when he was a child, at Thelichathanallur near Paramakudi on Thursday.

Actor and founder leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan with Ramasamy, a native of Paramakudi, who took care of him when he was a child, at Thelichathanallur near Paramakudi on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: L_Balachandar

RAMANATHAPURAM

Actor and founder leader of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haassan turned nostalgic as his family members joined him at his native place, Paramakudi, to celebrate his 65th birthday and pay obeisance to his father D. Seenivasan, whose death anniversary coincided with his birthday on Thursday.

Inaugurating the MNM skill development centre at Thelichathanallur near Paramakudi, he said he could never forget November 7 as it also happened to be his father’s death anniversary. “This day and my father will remain in my heart for ever,” he said.

He said till this birthday, he had been cherishing his fifth birthday celebrated in Paramakudi. His sister-in-law (Komalam, wife of Charu Haasan) had organised the birthday after inviting children from the neighbourhood and he had thoroughly enjoyed the celebration. “After 60 years, I am happy to celebrate my birthday here again,” he said, turning emotional. He had celebrated his birthdays in Paris and the US but the fifth birthday in Paramakudi was always special for him, Mr. Kamal said.

When family members opposed his father sending him to the film industry instead of making him an IAS officer, Seenivasan replied to them that Kamal might clear Civil Services Examination after becoming an artiste. When he said it would not be possible until he cleared SSLC first, Seenivasan became a bit upset and wanted him to learn at least music, he said.

But after he entered the film industry, his father had been a great source of inspiration, Mr. Kamal said. When the family members did not like his entry into politics, his father was the lone person to encourage him to enter politics and serve the people, Mr. Kamal said.

When he told his father that he had been in politics to fight for India’s independence and what was the need for him to enter politics, his father had said ‘who knows there could be a similar struggle in future’ and his prophetic words came true now, Mr. Kamal added.

Earlier, Mr. Kamal’s niece Suhasini Maniratnam, who introduced the family members to the audience, said she was visiting Paramakudi after a gap of 44 years. While many of the family members, including Seenivasan’s grandchildren and great grandchildren offered best wishes to Mr. Kamal, Ms. Komalam wanted him to become the President of the country. Mr. Kamal honoured Ramasamy, a native of Paramakudi, who was taking care of him when he was a child and posed for a family photo.

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