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Kamal Haasan regrets turning down role of Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi

In conversation: Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan with Kailash Satyarthi at a function on Monday.

In conversation: Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan with Kailash Satyarthi at a function on Monday.   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu

Documentary on Nobel laureate screened

“Why are some people born to work at the cost of their childhood," questions Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi at the start of the documentary The Price of Free. Directed by Derek Doneen, the documentary, which was a Sundance Grand Jury prize winner, was screened on Monday in the city.

The screening was organised by the Women and Child Welfare Centre of the Jeppiar Engineering College. The centre was formally launched and awards were distributed to women for their work in different spheres of public life.

“When I started, nobody was talking about the issue of child labour and most countries didn’t have laws to prevent it either. No sin can be bigger than the denial of dreams of a child and I refuse to accept it,” said Mr. Satyarthi, speaking after the screening of the documentary.

Urging people to contribute towards wiping out child labour, Mr. Satyarthi asked people to raise their voices and take responsibility. “If you see a child working in a restaurant or even in someone’s home, don’t keep quiet. You don’t have to look for change makers outside. Everyone is born with some purpose and you have to fulfil it,” he said.

The Nobel laureate appealed to people to march with him and said that they were the leaders, champions and change makers responsible for making the world a better place.

‘A strong leader’

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan said he regretted having turn down the opportunity to play Kailash Satyarthi in a film. “We often complain that we don’t have leaders but Satyarthi is a strong one. We need more such people with the same dedication. He has egged on many people to emulate the change he is bringing about and it is with the same tenacity and purpose that he has embarked upon his mission that I chose to delve into politics,” Mr. Haasan said.

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