Kamal Haasan does his legendary homework with Twenty20
Kamal Haasan, the versatile superstar of Indian cinema, is always up for a challenge. This is probably because he knows he can ace it through his unmatched determination and hard work. The amount of homework he did to pull off movies like Chachi 420 (where he plays a woman), Indian (an octogenarian freedom fighter out to fight corruption), Apoorva Sahodarangal (dwarf) or Dashavatar (10 different roles with equal panache) to name just a few, is the stuff of legend. So, it is anybody’s guess that he will leave no stone unturned as he makes his foray into politics. Trust him to look around and learn from the best as he dons his new real life role of a politician.
The inauguration of the ‘God’s Villa’ Project by Twenty20 in Kizhakkambalam by Kamal was covered widely by the state and national media. God’s Villa is a group of 37 pucca houses re-built by Twenty20 with all the latest amenities using only materials of the highest quality. The total cost of the project is Rs 6 crore – of which Rs 5.26 crore was spent by Twenty20 and the rest was raised by the Kizhakkambalam panchayat. Before the well-attended event where thousands from the village and nearby areas thronged to meet the charismatic star, Kamal himself was at the Twenty20 food security stall. He was taken around the well-stocked supermarket by the chief coordinator of Twenty20 Sabu Jacob himself. Kamal was all agog when Sabu explained to him the various nuances of the functioning of the food security market.
He looked visibly impressed when told that this was the country’s first food security market where the fundamental right of residents of Kizhakkambalam to food was met with abundance and in comfort. The actor patiently walked across the entire 14,000 square foot area, picking up items randomly, comparing the MRP with the prices they were sold for. All grocery items, dairy products, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits household, personal care and confectionary were sold at 50 to 75 per cent discount all round the year. Sabu also shared with him plans in the anvil for the food security market – a medical store where medicines would be sold up to 90 per cent reduced prices.
Yes, enough reasons for Kamal to be a fan himself – as he proclaimed in the media briefing that followed at the company premises.
“I am only a reel life hero, Mr Sabu is a real life hero,” he said with his trademark earnestness.
Kamal Haasan reiterated the uniqueness of Twenty20 by expressing his keenness to replicate the model of development in Tamil Nadu. He assured the gathered media that his party would waste no time implementing development projects akin to that carried out by Twenty20.
“I hope to shamelessly emulate the Twenty20 model of development in my home state Tamil Nadu.”
This innate keenness to observe and learn are definitely traits which helped him to achieve the status of ‘Ulaga Nayagan’ (‘the hero of the world and the people’) today.