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After the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, condolences and tributes poured in from all corners of the country. Several top political leaders, cutting across party lines, and celebrities from different walks of life have eulogised one of the most influential political leaders of modern India. But, actor Kamal Haasan’s message condoling the death of Jayalalithaa has upset many.
Kamal, who rather took his time to express his grief, posted a curt message on his Twitter page. “Deepest sympathies to everyone depend on Jayalalithaa.” This tweet has irked many, especially Jayalalithaa supporters, who have accused him of showing no respect to a departed soul.
According to TV reports, Kamal has said that since he is in the US where he is shooting for his upcoming film, he was unable to pay his last respects in person to the late AIADMK chief. It is worth noting that a few years ago, Kamal and Jayalalithaa got into a major row during the release of the actor’s Vishwaroopam. The Tamil Nadu government had banned the release after a few Muslim organisations accused the film of portraying their community in a bad light.
At the time, Kamal had made an emotional speech saying he will leave Tamil Nadu in search of a more secular state in the country. And he will quit India, should he fail to find such a secular state.
சார்ந்தோர் அனைவருக்கும் ஆழ்ந்த அனுதாபங்கள்.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) December 6, 2016
Jayalalithaa died at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai late Monday evening. She was admitted to hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration. She suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, eventually causing her death. She was in hospital for 75 days.