"When MF Hussain can do it, Kamal Haasan will do it...I am fed
up. I am an artiste. After that, I will have to seek a secular
State for my stay... Secular State from Kashmir to Kerala,
excluding Tamil Nadu... Tamil Nadu wants me out," he said in a
choked voice as the fate of the movie is still to be decided in the
The actor said that he had pledged all his property to make the
trilingual movie, estimated to have cost around Rs 100 crore. He
said he might lose his house because of the losses incurred by the
delay in the release of the movie.
Hassan said he was yet to get interim relief as the film shows
were "started and stopped" by police today, who sought a physical
copy of the single judge's order passed last night, giving
clearance for the film.
"...But I believe that along with my Muslim friends, I have been
an instrument in a political game. I don't know who is playing and
not even hazarding the guess. The fact remains that my history has
proven that I have been neither leaning to the left or right but
trying to maintain my position," Hassan added.
He said that he would wait for the judgement of the Madras High
Court where the Tamil Nadu Government today moved swiftly to file
an appeal against the interim relief given by the single
"Now I shall wait for the afternoon judgement but after this...
I think I will have to see a secular State for me to stay in. I
have nothing to lose. I might as well choose a place which would
house an artiste like me."
"I will learn in another couple of days whether I will be able to find a secular State in India or not. I will find, hopefully, another country which is secular that might take me in," Hassan claimed.