I Am Against A Ban, Be It On Bulls Or My Movies, Says Kamal Haasan

"I don’t think I made any inflammatory speeches."

CHENNAI -- A day after police forcibly evicted pro-jallkattu protesters, actor Kamal Haasan on Tuesday questioned the action and said he was shocked that women and children were also reportedly caught in the melee.

The popular actor, who has been quite vocal on Twitter over the past few days said that he was against bans, be it on bulls or his movies. Referring to his film Virumaandi, he said he was the only actor to have made a movie on two important issues — jallikattu and the death penalty.

Referring to the protests, he said it was a symbol of discontent. He called the uprising 'absolutely legitimate', adding, he was very touched by the protests. Furthermore, he said, "If M.G. Ramachandran had been the Chief Minister, he would have come to the Marina Beach and addressed the protesters. I was worried about women and children but they were happy and safe there."

Haasan also said that he had spoken to Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on the issue, and how the CM had thanked him for maintaining peace. "I don't think I made any inflammatory speeches. I was calm."

He then went on to say that he wanted "reasonable explanation" for the police action. He said women and children were also reportedly affected by the crackdown.

On videos which have gone viral purportedly showing police personnel indulging in arson and beating women, Haasan said he hoped they were not 'real cops.' "Hope cops seen in videos are not real".

On the ban on jallikattu, he said more people die in accidents than jallikattu.

On demands for banning animal rights group PETA, he said he did not support banning PETA. "Can Correct them, if they are wrong."

The 62-year-old actor, reacting to the police crackdown on protesters, had yesterday tweeted "aggressive police action on students' passive resistance will not bear good results."

He had also urged protesters not to resort to violence.

Haasan, a known jallikattu supporter, had earlier lauded students for conducting a peaceful stir on the bull taming sport, saying he had become a fan of these students.

Police had on Monday evicted scores of pro-jallikattu protesters from protest venues across Tamil Nadu, especially Marina beach, amid incidents of stone-pelting, torching a car and lathicharge at a few places in the city.

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