Ulayaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan has dismissed allegations by Malaysian political parties and NGO’s that excessive violence in Tamil movies is pushing ethnic Malaysian Indian youth towards crime.
People in Malaysia seem to be worried about the rise in cases of crime. Some journalists from Bernama press (Malaysian National News Agency) recently tried to question the actor on Tamil cinemas influence on the youth and how it has hampered the lives of a selected few young who have diverted their paths to a world of crime.They attributed the fact and said growing up watching movies they were bound to follow what their role models performed on screen.
To this our Kamal sir humbly responded,
“Tamil films were merely “mirrors” which reflected incidents, occurrences and behavioral patterns of people and society.”
“Violent conduct is widely reported in the daily life of the people in Tamil Nadu, particularly in the rural areas. We, through the movies, attempt to highlight the social problems which already exist,”the actor told national news agency Bernama here.
“It’s like a mirror which reflects the plus and minus points of each one of us. It’s up to them to correct themselves while looking at the mirror. It’s as simple as that,” he added further.
The Bernama press seemed quite disturbed on another fact. They wanted talented ethnic Malaysians to appear in Tamil movies too.
Kamal assured them and said he had already had a chat with the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak when he visited Tamil Nadu earlier this year and added that he recently had a discussion with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia to explore ways for both countries to cooperate in producing films in the near future.
Kamal concluded the meeting,
“We discussed the matter but, so far, no significant progress has been made. But I can give my word that talented Malaysians will definitely be featured in my movies,”
Well said Kamal Sir!