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Politics has always been lip-service: Kamal Hassan

May 13, 2009 03:12 PM IST India India
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Actor Kamal Haasan could not on Wednesday. The actor found that his name had been struck off the voters' list.

In fact, the actor is not even listed as a resident of Chennai. Electoral officials have told Kamal Haasan his name is not there because his house on Luz Church Road had been rented out as a godown and he was not there in person for verification.

But the actor is furious and said he is very much a taxpayer from the city. He also said that he had voted in the last assembly elections at a corporation school near Nageswara Rao Park three years back.

In an exclusive interview CNN-IBN the actor said he was upset to find his name missing from the voters list in Chennai.

CNN-IBN: Do you think it's an opportunity missed for you?

Kamal Hassan: Yes I think not only me. It's not that just because I'm an actor I'm getting all this attention, I'm just being a mouthpiece for many who have lost this opportunity.

CNN-IBN: Have you been able to talk to the authorities?

Kamal Hassan: No, I haven't. I'm stuck here but I will talk to the authorities and probably meet the honourable Election Commissioner and ask how many more people like me would have to avoid.

CNN-IBN: There has been an entire rage where everyone has been encouraged to come out to vote this time, do you think it shows the hypocrisy in the government?

Kamal Hassan: Yes, it's lip service and it always has been. What is politics but that? But we cannot indulge in the same lip service. I feel I have done the same thing I have been giving a lip service to the media and not voting.

CNN-IBN: Does this entire incident shake your faith in democracy?

Kamal Hassan: No, there are many more incidents to shake my faith in democracy but it is person driven. The whole world cannot have a single system that is fallible. Democracy is not infallible.

CNN-IBN: You have large fan base, so do you think this incident sends out a negative message to that fan base?

Kamal Hassan: Yes it does and it already has. They called me and asked if they should also not vote but I said that is very silly, don't do it. Go and vote.

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