CHENNAI: Arvind Kejriwal became the brand new addition to Kamal Haasan’s “political tourism” sked as he flew down to Chennai today for lunch with the actor. The Delhi Chief Minister was received by Kamal Haasan’s youngest daughter Akshara at the airport.
Kamal Haasan, who confirmed recently that he is considering a political career, met Mr Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders at his ancestral home in Chennai, which doubles up as his office.
The Delhi Chief Minister’s flash visit to the Tamil Nadu capital comes on the back of his return to Delhi after a nine-day meditation break in Maharashtra.
Kamal Haasan had last met the AAP chief in 2015 to discuss a film shoot in Delhi. “The current state of national politics will be discussed,” a source close to the Chief Minister had said on the lunch meeting, adding that the two have been in touch over the past two years and share a “mutual respect”.
This is the second Chief Minister that the 67-year-old actor is meeting after Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan. At a meet organised by The Hindu Tamil last week, the actor had said: “Yes I met Pinarayi and I may meet a few other Chief Ministers. This is political tourism.”
Kamal Haasan, currently the host of the Tamil version of Bigg Boss, has made it increasingly clear in recent months that his political plunge is on the cards, unlike the more ambiguous will-he-won’t-he statements of the other superstar, Rajinikanth.
He has often posted acerbic tweets commenting on the internal churning and power struggle in Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK. He also attended an event organised by the opposition DMK last month.
AAP leaders have refused to comment on speculation that Kamal Haasan’s meeting with Mr Kejriwal indicates a starry acquisition for the party in the south.
“There is a political void in Tamil Nadu’s Game of Thrones,” commented an AAP leader.
To a question on his political plunge, Kamal Haasan last week told The Quint: “Yes, I am thinking on those lines, not out of choice but compulsion. Which existent political party can provide me with a platform or an ideology that will match my reformatory goals in politics?”