Actor Kamal Hassan, who turned 63 today, has cancelled his birthday celebrations taking into account the heavy rains in Chennai and the suffering of the people.
He is instead meeting people affected by the current torrential rains.
"This year he (Haasan) has decided not to celebrate his birthday while Chennai people are distressed by the rains. Instead he will be visiting a medical camp, set up by his Narpani Iyakkam (welfare movement) at Avadi," Kamal’s spokesperson had said on November 6.
Kamal had also cancelled his birthday celebrations last year in lieu of Jayalalithaa's ill health.
Hassan, who has been hinting at his political foray, would be ‘reaching out to people with his special message and plans for the future,’ the spokesperson said without divulging further details.
Last night, Haasan came to Twitter to explain why he chose to ditch his birthday bash.
"To those who love me and dislike the idea of my cancelling my birthday celeberations [sic]," Haasan tweeted with a screenshot of the message he wanted to give.
To those who love me and dislike the idea of my cancelling my birthday celeberations pic.twitter.com/hkSPJj97C9— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) November 6, 2017
Speaking at this medical camp, Haasan said, "There is no connection of this camp with politics, but we could use this for that."
"The government is arranging for water outlets in waterlogged areas. It is equally important that medical camps detect diseases before it becomes an epidemic," an ANI report quotes Kamal Haasan. "We had a dengue epidemic last time, and for various reasons, we pretended it is not there."
There is no connection of this camp with politics but we could use this for that: Kamal Haasan at a medical camp in Chennai pic.twitter.com/olbycRQrz8— ANI (@ANI) November 7, 2017
The actor has recently pledged to send about five lakh of his volunteers and supporters for refurbishment of water bodies in the wake of the torrential downpour and resultant water logging in parts of the state including Chennai.
He has also been critical of the K Palaniswami led AIADMK government over alleged corruption, drawing the ire of several ministers.