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Raja Raja Cholan Is Not Hindu – Kamal Haasan On Ponniyin Selvan 1 Movie & Vetrimaaran’s Controversial Speech

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Director
Mani
Ratnam’s
Magnum
Opus
movie

Ponniyin
Selvan
1

was
released
on
September
30,
2022
across
the
globe
in
four
languages
Tamil,
Malayalam,
Telugu
and
Hindi.
The
film
is
based
on
writer
Kalki’s
Ponniyin
Selvan
Novel.
People
started
celebrating
the
film
and
it
is
creating
magical
numbers
in
the
box
office
collection.
At
the
same
time,
Ace
Director
Vetrimaaran’s
recent
speech
in
an
event
at
Chennai
about
Raja
Raja
Cholan
created
strong
debates
in
Tamilnadu.
He
said
“In
today’s
world,
we
should
handle
and
protect
the
art
very
carefully.
If
we
allow
someone
to
mishandle
it,
our
own
identities
will
be
easily
looted
away
from
us.
Earlier
they
tried
giving
a
saffron
color
to
the
famous
Tamil
poet
Thiruvalluvar.
Now
they
are
trying
to
make
Raja
Raja
Cholan
as
a
Hindu
King.
They
started
this
process
with
arts
and
literature
initially.
Now
it
is
happening
in
cinema
as
well.
It
is
our
duty
to
protect
our
identities.
In
order
to
do
so,
we
should
have
good
clarity
in
politics.”

Kamal Haasan

In
such
a
situation,
Kamal
Haasan
watched

Ponniyin
Selvan
1

with
Actor
Vikram
and
Karthi.
During
the
press
meet
conducted
after
the
show,
Kamal
Haasan
appreciated
the
film
and
all
the
technicians
involved
in
its
making
process.
When
the
press
people
asked
his
take
on
the
recent
controversial
statement
of
Vetrimaaran,
he
reacted
with
a
strange
gesture
and
said
“The
name
Hinduism
was
not
discovered
during
Raja
Raja
Cholan’s
period.
They
had
only
Vainavam,
Saivam
and
Samanam
then.
The
term
Hindu
was
coined
by
british
people
later.”
Kamal
Haasan’s
reply
immediately
went
viral
all
over
the
internet.

Kamal Haasan

These
statements
from
the
socially
responsible
Tamil
filmmaker
Vetrimaaran
and
Ulaganayagan
Kamal
Haasan
within
just
few
days
after
the
release
of
Mani
Ratnam’s
Magnum
Opus

Ponniyin
Selvan
1
,
created
strong
debates
not
only
in
film
industry
but
also
among
political
leaders
and
social
activists
of
Tamilnadu.
Lot
of
celebrities
started
supporting
Vetrimaaran
for
his
guts
to
speak
out
the
truth
about
the
great
king
Raja
Raja
Cholan.
On
the
other
hand,
few
politicians
stand
against
director
Vetrimaaran’s
speech.
“Raja
Raja
Cholan
is
a
Hindu
King
or
a
Tamil
King?”
is
the
current
sensational
discussion
in
Tamilnadu.

Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan

Story first published: Friday, October 7, 2022, 14:38 [IST]

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