Kamal Haasan has done it again. Recently, in an election rally, the actor turned politician said, "I am not saying this because many Muslims are here. I'm saying this in front of Gandhi's statue. The first terrorist post-India's independence is a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse." But this is not the first time that the actor has courted controversy.
Thevar Magan: One of his early films which got five national awards including the best film in Tamil language but this film faced heavy criticism for equating violence with the Thevar community of Tamil Nadu.
Hey Ram: A movie with three national awards and entry to Oscars was written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan. This bilingual movie was based on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse. This movie created a massive outcry among some left political parties, due to portraying Gandhi in a negative shade.
Virumandi: This super hit film was earlier titled Sandiyar for which Kamal Haasan was forced to change the title. 'Sandiyar' was considered as derogatory and would encourage cast-based violence.
Manmadan Ambu: The lyrics of the song in the movie 'Kamal Kavidhai' offended some right wings groups and later fearing trouble the producer of the film removed the song from the movie.
Viswaroopam: The spy thriller movie in 2013 faced huge outrage, and even Kamal Haasan got threats to leave Tamil Nadu. First, it was the title of the film that offended the Hindu Makkal Katchi( a political party), and Later, Muslim groups sought a ban on the film claiming it hurt their religious sentiments and would destroy social harmony in the state.
On Mahabharata: In an interview to a private channel, he commented on how in the epic tale of Mahabharata, 'Panchali' was used as a pawn while the men gambled and soon after his comment a complaint was filed against him.
On Jallikattu: Defending the festival of Jallikattu, the actor said, "Jallikattu is part of the traditional culture of the state. If you want a ban on it, let's also ban biryani." His comments drew widespread opposition.
On Jayalalitha's death: He said in a tweet, "I feel for the people those who are dependent on her. Deep condolences to those concerned." Kamal Haasan faced severe social media backlash for the tweet.
On 'Poonool': In a twitter interaction with his fans, he said, "There is a thread I avoided. That thread affected me a lot - Poonool. That is why I avoided it." 'Poonool' is a sacred thread that Brahmins wear. He faced a severe backlash from the Brahmin communit
On Nathuram Godse: Speaking in an election rally, the actor turned politician said, "I am not saying this because many Muslims are here. I'm saying this in front of Gandhi's statue. The first terrorist post-India's independence is a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse." This created a huge row now.