Kamal Haasan on Thursday said he had started to return Rs 30 crore that his fans sent to him because it is illegal to accept donations without starting a political party.
The 63-year-old actor made the announcement in a Tamil magazine. “I have started sending the money back to each one of the donors,” Kamal wrote. “It does not mean I will not accept funds [in the future].”
The ‘Universal Hero’ told his detractors that he was not backing away from his political plans. Kamal, a multiple National Film Award-winning actor, plans to undertake a state tour to understand people’s problems.
In the magazine article he asked donors to hold on to the money until he needs it: “If you spend it by then, I shall consider myself unlucky.”
He revealed that his fans, who have been serving in his Narpani Mandram (welfare association) for 37 years, have collected Rs 30 crore for his party. “I could not have made such a huge donation on my own,” Kamal said.
The actor sought to clarify that he wanted the general public to fund for his party. “My fans will take my vision to the people. The people will fund my party.”
Insisting that his party took root when his fans started to send money, Kamal said he was strengthening the party to ensure someone would take the movement forward when he is gone.
The state government had earlier sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the cause — to enable research in Tamil and its literary tradition at Harvard.