I Am Earnest, Says Kamal Haasan, No More Films After Entry Into Politics

| February 14 , 2018 , 10:50 IST

Starring in more than 200 films in an acting career spanning over 4 decades, Tamil actor Kamal Haasan may soon be bidding his filmy life a goodbye, as he said on Tuesday that after his plunge into politics, there will be no more films for him.

"Except for the two films which are coming out, there will be no more films for me," Haasan was quoted by IANS as saying in an interview.

Expressing confidence in winning the election, Haasan said that he if he lost, "I will have to do something for an honest living. But I don't think I am going to lose," adding that he has the support of the people

"I may not have been a political entity but we have been in social service for 37 years. In these 37 years, we have collected about 10 lakh loyal workers," said Haasan.

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"They are with me for the past 37 years. At my instruction, they have engaged more and more younger people in our welfare movement over the years including about 250 lawyers. All would become volunteers," he said.

Early this year confirmed Haasan confirmed his entry into politics and is expected to announce his party name on February 21.

"I am to announce my party and then the guiding principles. He (Rajinikanth) has to do that and then we can juxtapose," Haasan said, regarding an alliance with superstar Rajinikanth who announced his political debut on December 31.

"I am earnest. I am not here to improve my bank account. I could have led a happy, retired, popular life. My decision to come into politics is as I do not want to die merely as an actor. I will die in the service of people and that I have promised myself."

Haasan also revealed that the decision to get into politics was made 10-12 years ago, but he was not sure of going about.

"I can't keep complaining and get angry. You have to (get into politics). Unless you do that you cannot bring the reforms I am envisioning for Tamil Nadu," said Haasan.

The death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016, created a perceived vacuum in the state's politics, with AIADMK splitting into two factions combining later on, while Opposition DMK chief M Karunanidhi suffered from health issues.