After the unveiling of the statue of late film director K Balachander at the production house of Makkal Needhi Maiam leader and actor Kamal Haasan which also saw fellow actor and political rival Rajnikanth in attendance, Haasan stated that, “We decided to respect each other decades back and we are still following it, we are fans of each other, we appreciate each other always.”
Haasan further added, “Rajinikanth's path is different and my path was different, we decided this decades back and we are still following it.” Rajnikanth echoed similar sentiments and stated that “Kamal Haasan is my elder brother in Cinema.” The megastar, commenting on whether he would contesting local elections, added that he had “No plans to contest in local body polls.”
Megastar Rajnikanth further spoke out against the BJP over the controversial poster that the party had tweeted: “BJP has posted a saffron-clad Thiruvalluvar picture in their Twitter handle, it’s their view. Thiruvallur is a Gyani and a Saint, He cannot be confined into any caste or religion. Valluvar was a believer of God, he is not an atheist.” Rajnikanth further stated, “They didn't insist that every statue in the state should be saffronised. It's a needless controversy. There are many people related issues which needed to be given importance and discussed. It’s even very silly to talk about this.”
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Haasan has been in the film industry for a very long time as he started his career as a child artist in 1960 in the Tamil film Kalathur Kannamma. He won the President’s Gold Medal for this movie as well. His breakthrough as a lead actor came in the 1975 drama Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K.Balachander. In this drama, he played a rebellious youth who falls in love with an older woman. He won his first National Film Award for his portrayal of a guileless schoolteacher who cares for a woman who suffers from retrograde amnesia in Moondram Pirai (1983).