Actor-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder-president Kamal Haasan has come under criticism from a section of Twitterati over his stand against caste, seeking to remind him of reported remarks made by his daughter Shruti Haasan about her caste identity some years back and asked him to start reforms from his own backyard.
Kamal Haasan has been criticised for his “shallow understanding” of caste polity after a 2014 video of, Shruti Haasan, proclaiming her Iyengar status had resurfaced online.
On 29th June, Kamal Hassan responded to a question asked by his fan (Sir, how would you take caste to the next generation? Will it be optional for school and college admissions?) Kamal Haasan wrote, “I refused to fill in the caste&religion column in both my daughters’ school admission certificate.That’s the only way,it will pass on to the next generation.Every individual shld start contributing fr progress.Kerala started implementing the same.Those who do shld be celebrated.”
One of Twitter user wrote, “@ikamalhaasan ur attempts to abolish caste has totally failed sir despite you not filling in the school application. Start your reform from home sir. Not filling in caste is not a solution, bring the kids up in a way they don’t know their caste #Hypocrite,”
On Saturday, a Twitter user uploaded a brief part of a TV interview by Shruti Haasan some years back, where she appeared to say she was an “Iyengar” (a Brahmin Vaishnavite sect). To a question by the host Niranjan Iyengar, Shruti Haasan says, “It is because you’re Iyengar and I am Iyengar and we are both creative. And there’s a very high chance that nobody will marry either of us.”
In 2013, in an interview, Shruti Haasan also said, “My father is Iyengar and my mother Sarika is half Maharashtrian and half Rajput.”
Twitter users also pointed out that why did Kamal Haasan choose “Sabash Naidu” (Caste Name) as the title of his next upcoming film.
I refused to fill in the caste&religion column in both my daughters’ school admission certificate.That’s the only way,it will pass on to the next generation.Every individual shld start contributing fr progress.Kerala started implementing the same.Those who do shld be celebrated https://t.co/DLdTubcfW1
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) June 30, 2018