It was an RSVP to an invitation for today's launch, said Kamal Haasan, stating that he has much admiration for Mr Naidu, whose ties with ally BJP are currently strained over what he calls grossly insufficient allocation for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget. "Kejriwal is coming. Some others will be trying to come. Chandrababu Naidu called me last night. You keep asking me what my political inclinations are, I asked Chandrababu Naidu. He told me not to worry about that, the people's word will be the political inclination," the veteran Tamil actor told reporters after meeting fishermen in Rameswaram.
"I will take only the good from different political ideologies," he added.
Kamal Haasan, 62, is travelling today from Rameswaram, the hometown of his hero former President APJ Abdul Kalam, to Madurai, 170 km away, where he will unveil the name, flag and ideology of his new party at a public meeting in Madurai at around 8 tonight. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is the chief guest.
Greatness can come from simple beginnings. Actually it will come only from simplicity. Glad to start my journey from a great man's simple abode. #maiam— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 21, 2018
The actor dropped his plans to visit Dr Kalam's school reportedly after being denied permission by the local administration. He later met the fishermen in Rameswaram and then addressed reporters. The actor will will travel through Manamadurai, his hometown Paramakudi and Ramanathapuram, addressing public meetings, before the grand launch in Madurai.
In parts of Rameswaram, his supporters shouted slogans of "Hail Varungala Muthalvere" (future chief minister)". Kamal Haasan has already released an anthem, "Nalai Namathe (Tomorrow is ours)".
In Madurai and all along the route from Rameswaram to the temple town, there are posters that depict Mr Haasan in different political roles in which his fans and supporters would like to see him. Some posters show Kamal Haasan as a second Dr Kalam, with the legend - "Kamal is a second Kalam."