The unprecedented rains in Chennai has left the city marooned and helpless. And no one has been spared by the floods. Actor Kamal Haasan, who lives in an upmarket area in Chennai, Eldams Road, is relatively sheltered and safe from the deluge. But many of his friends and relatives are badly affected.
In a telephonic interview from his residence in Chennai, Kamal says, “To describe the situation as calamitous would be an understatement. If this can happen in Chennai can you imagine the plight of the rest of Tamil Nadu?” Kamal also lashed out at the authorities for neglecting their civic duties. “The entire system has collapsed. It will take Chennai months to get back to its normal state, even when the rains stop. Where is all of the taxpayers’ money going to? I pay my taxes. What is being done for me and my people with my hard-earned money?” he questions.
“I definitely won’t accept the authority and decisions of politicians. The ruling party, whoever they are, don’t mind spending `4,000 crore for corporate projects. We are 120 crore people in the country. Why not distribute that money amongst us?” he asks.
Kamal who is known to stand up for causes is disillusioned by the collapse of the state administration in Tamil Nadu. “I am sad and sick. I feel guilty for being in a comfortable home. I earn very little compared to the governments.
But now, when our state is in distress they are asking for donations to do what we appointed the government to do. Of course, I will pay because I am constrained to respect the government’s authority. The reason I pay is not to be perceived as one of the rich who suck on people because I am not. I love my people truly.”