Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:02:00 GMT | By IANS

Kamal Haasan threatens to move to 'secular state abroad

He said he was still trying to understand why "some members with strong political backing" were against his film


Kamal Haasan threatens to move to 'secular state abroad (© Reuters)

Chennai: Citing the late MF Husain, actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan Wednesday said he could be forced to look for a secular state overseas and even change his passport if the final verdict on his film "Vishwaroopam" was not in his favour.

Stating that he was "fed up", Kamal said at a press conference: "If there is no secular state in India, I would go overseas. I think Tamil Nadu wants me out. What would change is my passport; I would still be an Indian. I have pledged all my property for the film. I have lost my house because of delay in release."

"Going by what is happening with me, I'm very likely to seek a secular state or country to release my film, on which I've invested my lifetime's savings, including all my assets," Haasan said. "If by becoming a secular man like MF Husain, I can peacefully continue making films, then so be it," an anguished Kamal told reporters, referring to the late artist who died in a London hospital in June 2011 after being forced to leave the country following threats by right-wing activists upset with his paintings of Indian goddesses.

"I have lost all my property for the film, so I have nothing to lose, but choose now. If the judgment is not favourable for me, I have to look out for a secular state abroad. We will get away from this place but will have lot of good memories," the 58-year-old told reporters at a press conference here.

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