The whole of coastal Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country were put on ‘Tsunami alert’ last Wednesday when an earthquake struck Indonesia. Soon after it struck, Tsunami alerts were out in as many as 28 countries including India. The authorities swung into operation and evicted as many people as possible along the Tamil Nadu coast and took them to safer zones in anticipation of the Tsunami which, fortunately, didn’t strike the coast.
While the whole State and others parts of the country were in a grip of fear on Wednesday afternoon (11th April), ‘Ulaganayagan’ Kamal Haasan was reportedly taking part in a grand party on-board a huge and luxurious cruise. The ship where Kamal Haasan was enjoying a party was docked hardly 300 kms from the port of Chennai.
It turns out that Kamal had been ‘specially invited’ to take part in the party hosted by the crew of the U.S. government’s nuclear vessel which had come to Indian shores to take part in a joint naval exercises with the fleet of the Government of India’s Navy. Kamal happens to be the first Indian actor to have been invited on board an U.S. nuclear vessel for a ‘special party’.
Kamal says he neither felt any tremors on-board nor was he aware of the panic that had gripped Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country on that particular afternoon. Kamal is now about to wrap up the shooting schedule of his latest film Viswaroopam which is produced and directed by him. He also plays the lead role in the film which has the likes of Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jermaiah. Most portions of the film had been shot in the U.S.