How Kamal Haasan aced the optics for political party launch

Actor Kamal Haasan is greeted by his supporters on his arrival at the airport in Madurai on Tuesday a day before he is set to launch his political party

How Kamal Haasan aced the optics for political party launch

"Unless they (Kamal Haasan's party) have a regional agenda of their own which is better than DMK and AIADMK, what space they will occupy?" His party's name is Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM). This is the party of the people. Announcements regarding the party flag and the ideology would be unveiled in Madurai.

He identified Ambedkar, Gandhi, Nehru and Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Delhi - Chandrababu Naidu, Pinarayi Vijayan (who greeted him via videoconferencing) and Kejriwal - and former U.S. President Barack Obama among leaders from whom he could pick up lessons. Aravind Kejriwal echoed the positivity and made his anti-government stance clear by attacking the governments, both at the state-level and centre. By attempting to appropriate his fledgling political movement into the historical fight against the imposition of Hindi, Kamal would also be looking to one-up the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which rode the coattails of the pro-Tamil Dravidian Movement to power for the first time in 1967. He knows the risks involved in launching a political party, from the experience of several other actors before him.

Haasan is shown next to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and other iconic leaders including rationalist leader Periyar and BR Ambedkar. Kamal visited APJ Abdul Kalam's house in Rameswaram after which he started his journey. "I've promised to serve the people for the rest of my life", Haasan answers. They come up with different reasons when people ask about those promises, he said.

"I am going to explain (about my) new party and the gyst of our policies".

The 63-year-old award-winning actor has previously stated that his objective of entering politics is to change the "status quo" in Tamil Nadu's political scenario. "Once advocates used to come to politics in large numbers. nobody questioned. when actors come, people question", he added.

However, many within the Tamil polity are not impressed with Haasan's bid to bring a "change".

At a mammoth public meeting at Madurai this evening, the actor launched the Party 's flag.

The 62-year-old's supporters raised slogans "Hail Varungala Muthalvere (Hail future chief minister)", "Hail Kamal Haasan" as he arrived in his native Ramanathapuram district in southern Tamil Nadu.

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