Kamal Hassan says ban biryani also, if you want to ban jallikattu

Kamal said the traditional bull sport should not be confused with the Spanish sport of bull fighting, as in Spain the animal is tortured and killed.

Kamal Hassan says ban biryani also, if you want to ban jallikattu

Tamil filmdom's superstar Kamal Hassan on Monday kicked a row, saying that those who think Tamil Nadu’s traditional bull running contest jallikattu was cruel must also give up biryani.

The actor, who spoke at Indian Today South Conclave Chennai, said, “If you want a ban on jallikattu, let’s also ban biryani…  I’m a big fan of jallikattu.” He has himself played jallikattu many times, he said, according to a report in

The Indian Express.

The actor has often spoken in the past about the importance of resuming the sport, after it was banned by a 2014 Supreme Court order claiming that it amounted to cruelty to animals.

Saying there is no similarity between the Spanish sport of bull fighting and jallikattu, the 62-year-old actor said the bulls were harmed and killed in the sport festival in Spain, here but the bulls are treated like gods . “It is about taming the bull,” he said.

In 2015, the actor had even inaugurated a photo-exhibition on jallikattu.

Recently, the Hyderabad High Court put a ban on cockfights in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.