Kamal Haasan backs statement by director Vetrimaaran, says ‘there was no Hindu religion in the time of Raja Raja Chola’

Chennai: National award-winning Tamil director Vetrimaaran has sparked controversy by claiming that Raja Raja Cholan was not a Hindu king.

Now Kamal Haasan backs the director’s statement, which has opened the floodgates to controversial debates over the king’s identity. It all started at an event Vetrimaaran attended, where he raised a few eyebrows when he said, “Raja Raja Chozlan was not Hindu, but they (BJP) are trying to steal our identity. They have already tried to safranize Thiruvalluvar. We would should never allow That.”

Then Kamal Hassan echoed similar sentiments and said, “During the period of Raja Raja Cholan, no name was mentioned ‘Hindu religion’. There were Vainavam, Shivam and Samanam, and it was the British who coined the term Hindu, as they” I don’t know how to collectively refer to it. It’s similar to how they turned Thuthukudi into Tuticorin.”

Interestingly enough, Vetimaaran’s comments came just a day after the release of the movie “Ponniyin Selvan: 1” which is based on a fictional novel inspired by Raja Raja Cholan. Although Vetimaaran found support from Haasan, BJP came at the director with all weapons. BJP leader H Raja has stated that Raja Raja Chola was indeed a Hindu king.

He questioned Vetimaran: “I am not as versed in history as Vetrimaran, but let him point out two churches and mosques built by Raja Raja Cholan. He called himself Sivapadha Sekaran. Wasn’t he a Hindu then?” Well, this is not the first time a statement about Raja Raja Cholan has made headlines in Tamil Nadu.

In 2019, film director PA Ranjith caused controversy after criticizing the king. He said at the time that the reign of the former king was a dark age for Dalits. He claimed, “Land had been forcibly taken from them and many forms of caste oppression had begun during the reign of Raja Raja Cholan”.

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