Tamil cine legend Kamal Haasan took the first step of his political journey from the residence of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, early in the morning of Wednesday, 21 February.
“The greatness can arise from the simplest of houses,” he said as he emerged out of the Kalam’s residence, which marks the start of his state-wide tour across Tamil Nadu.
At the residence, where he was warmly received, the actor briefly interacted with Kalam’s family members including the late scientist’s nonagenarian brother MML Maraikkayar.
He was, however, denied permission to visit the school where the ‘Missile Man’ studied.
Hundreds of supporters gathered to catch a glimpse of the actor who is making his political entry in the murky world of politics in Tamil Nadu.
Kamal will now head to Madurai where he will announce the name of his party and its flag at the Othakadai Ground in the evening. He will be meeting the people of the district to understand their concerns. He will also visit Dindigul and Sivagangai districts during his tour which will be completed in phases.
The 63-year-old actor had earlier stated that his intention to join politics is to “question mediocrity and raise the bar on governance and welfare for the people of Tamil Nadu”.
On 18 February, Haasan had met Rajinikanth at the latter’s Poes Gardens residence in Chennai for a “courtesy call”. Rajinikanth, who too has announced his decision to enter politics, wished Haasan success.
“He (Haasan) wants to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. He has not entered politics for fame or money. I pray to God that he attains success,” the 67-year-old actor told reporters.
“I am meeting people I like before I begin my journey,” Haasan had said about the meeting.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have been reportedly invited to the launch of Haasan’s political party although their participation has not been confirmed.