A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed against actor Kamal Haasan in the Tirunelveli District Court by the members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi for his alleged derogatory remarks on Hindus. According to a report in the Indian Express, the actor in an interview with a Tamil channel made a comment about the ancient Hindu epic, Mahabharat. The actor had said, ‘In Mahabharata, Panchali was used as a pawn while the men gambled,’ he also said that ‘she was used as a collateral and India is a country that respects and honours a book that revolves around men using a woman to gamble away as if she was a mere object.’
According to The News Minute reports, state secretary of Hindu Makkal Katchi, Rama Ravikumar said, “Kamal Haasan said that Mahabharata talks about a woman (Draupadi) who was used as a pawn and was gambled away, and that this country reads such a book. There was no need for him to say these things. It has hurt our sentiments and who is he to talk about the Mahabharata?” He also said, “When Vishwaroopam was released, several Muslims groups had protested against the movie (for allegedly depicting the community in a negative light). He had then said that there is no safety in this state and that he should go somewhere else and live.” Expressing his anger, he said, “He does not have the guts to talk about any other religion. He is an anti-Hindu person, so we complained against him. We have been suffering for long but haven’t been saying anything.”
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Rama Ravikumar also said, “Complaint was filed by party members of Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) against Kamal Haasan’s comment on March 15 at the Chennai City Police Commissionerate.