The dispute between the ruling party and Kamal Haasan got very personal when the Law Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam launched an uncharacteristic attack on the legendary star by invading into his personal life.
The minister called Kamal a “third rate actor” who indulges in “cheap publicity” since he has “no big offers” on the silver screen.
The minister, known for constantly speaking out of turn, also said Kamal should be booked under the Prevention of Atrocities and SC and ST Act, thus escalating the spat between the actor and the AIADMK.
“We all know that Kamal Hassan had an affair with an actress, didn’t marry her and chased her away after living with her (for years). His action is against Tamil and Indian culture. He has no right to speak about us or the people of this country,” Mr Shanmugam said while dragging into the debate the actor’s personal life.
The minister was referring to Kamal Hassan’s live-in relationship with his co-star Gautami. After being in a relationship for more than a decade, Gautami had in November last year announced that she was moving away from the legendary actor.
Kamal’s relationship with AIADMK had been rocky ever since the state government, led by J.Jayalalithaa then, had blocked the release of his film “Viswaroopam” after protests from Muslim groups.