Will leave country if troubled again: Haasan

He said he had completed the shooting schedule of Vishwaroopam 2,an espionage thriller written and directed by him.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Bangalore | Published: October 6, 2013 3:29 am

Actor and film-maker Kamal Haasan said Saturday he would carry out his threat of leaving the country if he was troubled again like during the release of his controversial film Vishwaroopam.

“I will not take back that word. If I am threatened or troubled again as an artiste,I can leave the country. But can the country leave me?”

Haasan said he talked of “leaving the country” in the wake of the initial ban on Vishwaroopam earlier this year out of anguish as he was hurt.

He said he had completed the shooting schedule of Vishwaroopam 2,an espionage thriller written and directed by him.

Haasan said he was planning a Tamil movie in Karnataka as he wanted to do bilinguals to reach out to a larger audience in the south. “We are planning a movie in Karnataka. It is a Tamil movie,” he said at a programme organised by Press Club of Bangalore and Bangalore Reporters Guild.

The movie featuring him would be directed by actor and his friend Ramesh Aravind. “I have always been telling Ramesh Aravind that we should do bilinguals (Kannada and Tamil) now,so that we are able to reach out to all of Karnataka and rest of south (India),” he said.

Haasan said he did not like the idea of calling the entire film industry in India “Bollywood”.

“Actually,more than 50 per cent of films (made in India) come from south of India and the film industry is known by one name — Bollywood,which I think is a misnomer. It is (actually) Mumbai film industry,” he said.

“Hollywood is a small village,which became international,and we are one big country and we should become international. My goal is Hollywood will shift to India if you work on it.”

Earlier,Haasan announced that the FICCI Media and Entertainment Business Conclave would be held in Bangalore on October 29 and 30,under his chairmanship.

“This year,the focus of the conclave will be on effective proliferation of meaningful content against the backdrop of digital technologies and the array of new media,” he said.

“Traditional platforms have been disrupted and new methods for the future need to be adopted in order to be creating and monetising content.

“For this,skill development for the industry needs a special discussion and a roadmap and the conclave has a dedicated session on this apart covering all sub-sectors of the entertainment industry,” Haasan said.

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