Mahabharata row: Kamal Haasan summoned by Tamil Nadu court
Kamal Haasan has been summoned by a Valliyoor court in Tamil Nadu for his anti-Mahabharata remark, which he made in March 2017.
Earlier, a PIL was filed against Kamal for allegedly making a controversial remark against the Hindu epic Mahabharata and thereby hurting Hindu sentiments.
Reportedly, the PIL was filed when Kamal made objectionable comments about the Mahabharata to a Tamil news channel.
According to the reports of The Financial Express, Kamal expressed shock that Indians celebrated a book in which a woman (Panchali) was depicted as an object and men (the Pandvas), as gambling her away.
The report further said, "In Mahabharata, Panchali was used as... collateral. India is a country that respects and honours a book that revolves around men gambling away a woman as if she was a mere object."
However, Pranavananda Swami from the Basaveshwara Mutt had earlier also filed a complaint against Kamal for his controversial remark. He even demanded an apology from him.
In an interaction with PTI, Parvananda Swami earlier said, "It is unbecoming of actor Kamal Haasan to hurt the sentiments of any religious community, including Christians and Muslims. He has been in the thick of controversies even in the past, and we demand he should apologise."