Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan. File photo
Veteran actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who founded his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam on February 21 in Madurai of India, announced that he is quitting acting.
After a successful acting career spanning nearly six decades, the talented actor has hung up his boots to concentrate on politics. According to the actor, the spirit of Tamil Nadu politics is diluted and corrupt, and he wants to instil values as he feels it is his duty to give back his service to the state.
In an interview to Spotboye, Kamal Haasan spoke about his upcoming film 'Vishwaroopam 2' which is to release tomorrow. He made clear of his intentions of joining politics and giving up acting altogether.
He also said the idea of joining politics, didn't just spring up and there was no flash point, rather it was a slow burn where he realised that politics was confronting him all along.
The versatile actor said, "It was like the writer Saadat Hasan Manto where he was so troubled with what was going on that he had to write down his thoughts. Same way, politics interfered with me at every point, prompting me to join it eventually."
The 62-year-old feels he cannot juggle between acting and politics because his duties are more and they require undivided attention. "If it was 20 years back, maybe I could have been an actor and politician simultaneously like MGR. He was both an MLA and actor. But coming this late to politics, I have multiple responsibilities and need focus" said Kamal.
The actor had made similar statements on previous occasions while inaugurating his political party that made there would not be any more films as his plunge into politics for the people of Tamil Nadu is final.