Speaking at a meeting, he said, "I am not angry (over the
issue), only (felt) sorrow, that in a great country, free country
like India, an artist would be insulted so. Because, very rarely
have artists been responsible for riots."
"We (artists) are the people who can stick the world together...
They can do so many wonders. We are doctors, actually. You suspect
that man to be a rabble-rouser or rioter, that is an
"I am a son of Socrates. If you give me a cup of poison, I will
sip it and speak my freedom."
Showering praise on veteran Tamil director K Balachandar, Hassan
said the former taught him bravery and valour.
The actor was speaking at a meeting organised here where several
prominent Telugu film personalities including actor Nagarjuna,
Dadasaheb Phalke award recipient D Ramanaidu, veteran directors K
Vishwanath and Dasari Narayana Rao were present.
He said he learnt a lot from the seasoned directors like
Vishwanath. "I still feel like an assistant director. Personalities
like Balachandar and Vishwanath come to my mind when I am
directing," he said.
Hassan thanked the media for support during the controversy. He
said, "I did not know it will end this way. It was like a suspense
story. The only strength came from media."
Vishwaroopam, made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, had
faced opposition from some Muslim organisations, and was banned in
Tamil Nadu for some time. It faced trouble in Andhra Pradesh