I am against ban on bulls, films, PETA: Kamal Haasan

He said as ours is a democratic nation, there shouldn�t be bans. Instead there should be dialogue and discussion.

I am against ban on bulls, films, PETA: Kamal Haasan

Actor Kamal Haasan on Tuesday said he was against bans, be it on bulls or his movies.

Earlier, the actor had stirred a controversy by saying that if jallikattu is to be banned citing cruelty on the animals, even biriyani ought to be banned.

He is a long-standing proponent of Tamil Nadu’s traditional bull taming sport jallikattu and has even participated in many such events.

Haasan, who has been vocal on Twitter over the past few days on the protests against the ban on jallikattu, said the protests were not sudden, but a symbol of discontent.


He told The Hindu, “If MG Ramachandran had been the Chief Minister, he would have come to the Marina Beach and addressed the protesters. I was worried about women and children but they were happy and safe there.”

Haasan said he had spoken to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on the issue. “He thanked me for maintaining peace and I don’t think I made any inflammatory speeches. I was calm.”

Movements like these would continue to gather momentum in future. It was impossible to call for a ban on organisations like PETA. “We are a democratic nation. There shouldn’t be bans. Instead there should be dialogue and discussion.”

Referring to his film Virumaandi, he said he was the only actor to have made a movie on two important issues — jallikattu and the death penalty.