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Hope Rajinikanth's Colour is Not Saffron: Kamal Haasan in Harvard

“Our approach is different… His (Rajinikanth's) very first announcements came in a particular hue. I hope it is not saffron,” said Kamal Haasan in Harvard University on Saturday.

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Updated:February 11, 2018, 1:19 PM IST
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Hope Rajinikanth's Colour is Not Saffron: Kamal Haasan in Harvard
File photo of Tamil superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
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New Delhi: Actor Kamal Haasan, who has often been questioned about a possible political alliance with superstar Rajinikanth, has said a tie-up seems unlikely as of now and hoped that Rajinikanth’s “colour is not saffron”.

“Our approach is different... His (Rajinikanth’s) very first announcements came in a particular hue. I hope it is not saffron,” said Haasan in Harvard University on Saturday. The actor-politician delivered an address at Harvard where he talked about various issues that plague Tamil Nadu.

The actor also announced his plan of adopting a village in every district of Tail Nadu. "With the vision of making them the best villages in the world," Hasaan said in his keynote address at the annual Indian conference of the prestigious Harvard University.

Hasaan added that all was not well within Tamil Nadu and slammed the current political class in his state. "The reason I have started a new political party itself shows that I want to walk with the people, not the politicians," he said.

Haasan had recently said that both he and Rajinikanth needed to contemplate if it was necessary for them to join hands and face the election.

Haasan said both of them were being asked repeatedly if they would face the polls together and added that he endorsed the view of Rajinikanth in this respect. "Rajini sir, to this question had said that only time will give an answer and I had seconded that view. Truly, only time will answer," he said in his weekly column in Tamil magazine 'Ananda Vikatan.'

Haasan, who is set to unveil his political party's name and go on a political tour on February 21, said both of them should first formally launch their respective political parties.

Following this, policies should be spelt out and it needed to be seen if these were compatible, he said. "Hence, it is not a decision that can be taken now... Also, both of us need to ponder if that is necessary," he said.

Haasan said the question of aligning with Rajinikanth was not like choosing the star cast for films as both were entirely different things.

On January 17, to a query on forging ties with Haasan, Rajinikanth had said, "Only time will be able to tell that. Let us see in due course of time."

The entry of two top Tamil film stars comes against the backdrop of a perceived vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics after former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's death. The perception gained currency in view of the ill-health of DMK chief M Karunanidhi for over a year following which he was inactive in politics.

(With PTI inputs)
| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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