Actor Kamal Haasan’s recent comments on the Chennai floods have raked up a controversy, and on Tuesday, the actor issued a clarification that his remarks were not intended at the state government.
“What was widely touted in the regional media as an “exclusive interview” to a north Indian media house was only a “tentative translation” of a letter written by him to a journalist friend upcountry”, Haasan was quoted as saying by PTI.
Reportedly, in the letter Haasan had said, “The entire system has collapsed. Where is all the taxpayer’s money going? I don’t take black money. I pay taxes. What is being done for me and my people with my hard-earned money?”. In response to this, Tamil Nadu finance minister O Panneer Selvam lashed out at the actor, “Chennai and nearby districts have had record rainfall and honourable chief minister has ordered relief measures on war footing. But Kamal Haasan who is not in his senses has questioned the government for allegedly seeking money for relief measures and also asked the government as to what it is doing with the tax revenue.”
On Tuesday, Haasan clarified his stance, saying the letter carried only his concern over the disaster and the sufferings of the people, and there was neither any mention about the Tamil Nadu government nor had he asked how his tax money was being spent. He added that if he had any such doubts, he would not have paid his taxes promptly all these years.
Kamal Haasan also said that he was in constant touch with his welfare movement, asking the fans to do their bit for people in this hour.