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Kamal Haasan Summoned By Valliyur Court For His Comments On The Mahabharata

Actor Kamal Haasan has been reportedly summoned by the Valliyur Court today for his remarks about Mahabharata. The actor has been asked to come to court on May 5 for a hearing of his case after a right-winged Hindutva group filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in March. 

In a televised interview, the actor had said that Indians give a lot of respect to a book [the Mahabharata] which shows men gambling using a woman (Draupadi) as collateral. “In Mahabharata, Panchali was used as a pawn while the men gambled. She was used as a collateral. And India is a country that respects and honours a book that revolves around men using a woman to gamble away as if she were a mere object,” he said. 


The TV interview was aired on March 12, and the complaint was filed by Adhinatha Sundaram of the HMK on March 15 at a Tirunelveli district court. 

Read: Kamal Haasan Criticises Mahabharata For Gambling With Draupadi; Pro-Hindu Group Files PIL

Kamal Haasan has always been vocal about political issues, voicing his opinion during the Jallikattu debate in January, and organising a press conference and expressing his thoughts over the violence that escalated following the protests. He also criticised the scenario in Tamil Nadu when the state was in political turmoil.