Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan has pointed out, the word ‘patriotism’ has often been used in a wrong context. He said that supporting the cause of Indian cricket team can hardly be termed as a ‘patriotic act’. Kamal Haasan was speaking to reporters in Mumbai recently when he gave a whole new definition to ‘patriotism’.
“If the word ‘patriotism’ is used wrongly, it might create more dangers which would be difficult to handle,” he said while referring to query by a reporter who wanted to know what was the reason behind him continuing to make films based on patriotic fervour. “Showing keen interest in cricket and supporting the national cricket team is not patriotism,” he said.
“I’m a great fan of Mahatma Gandhi but I don’t love to address him as a ‘Mahatma’. I don’t like to make him look like some ‘messiah’ and depict his portraits with a shade of light in the background of his head. Gandhiji was a common man who rose to fame by his sheer will power and should not be seen as a saint. I made Hey Ram mainly to drive home this particular point.
“I’m happy that people have identified the feeling of patriotism in my films and have made them successful. Vishwaroopam-2 would not be a direct continuation of Vishwaroopam but when you watch the film, the viewers would feel some sort of continuity,” concluded Kamal.
Probably Kamal expects everyone to take a gun and guard the border to be eligible to be called a patriot.