Five reasons why Kamal Haasan chose Madurai for his political party launch
In 1921, it was Madurai - where Mahatma Gandhi gave up formal wear and adopted loin cloth, which marked an important milestone in the making of "Bapu".
For Kamal it's special because his hometown Paramakudi was originally part of Madurai till several districts were carved out of it for better administration.
Though Chennai is the official capital, politicians in Tamil Nadu are never considered truly powerful unless they have a grip on Madurai.
Madurai is seen as the land of the Thevars, a politically dominant community that has inspired many Kamal Haasan films. One of his most popular hits was "Thevar Magan".
Madurai is also seen as the land of the Tamizhan and Tamil culture.
Connecting with Madurai is connecting with the masses. The city is the nerve-centre of Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport that is deeply linked to public sentiment in the state. In 2004, Kamal Haasan also played the title role of "Virumaandi" or bull-tamer.