Makkal Needhi Maiam’s flag hoisting, a well rehearsed one by Kamal Haasan’s team?

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan hoisted the party flag at the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party office in Alwarpet, Chennai and announced the names of the office bearers of the party on Thursday. Kamal announced Ku Gnana Sambandham as the Vice President of the party, Arunachalam as the Secretary and Suresh as the Treasurer of the party.

Ahead of forming of party in February, Kamal Haasan met West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan, saying he was on a “learning curve.”

While the event of hoisting of the flag was portrayed to be quite a big success as pointed by few, what prompted this to be called a success was something that surprised many. Incidents that happened on ground, proved a completely different picture otherwise.

Several on-ground reporters, that too from various Media houses (Republic TV, NewsX, MirrorNow and News18), had tweeted how the event had chocked traffic in Eldams road, which is considered one of the busiest area of Chennai. Huge banners and posters of leaders, while crowds standing atop flyovers trying to catch a glimpse of the event reeked of the existing political culture in the state which Kamal had promised to fight against.

Apart from traffic congestion, reports emerged that sheets of paper were passed on to MNM party cadres, asking them to perform of complete dress rehearsal of the show before the arrival of their party leader.


One might dismiss the above mentioned piece of paper to be fabricated which could have been printed by any one of the reporters to create a sensational claim, but the below video clearly shows how a party member of MNM is clearly training the crowd to shout the slogans mentioned in paper. This video certainly exposes the mindset of the people who seem to be calling the shots in MNM.

The slogans mentioned above provides a direct reference to some of the movies/songs done by Kamal Haasan. ‘Nammavar’ is a popular movie from 1995, where Kamal Haasan plays the role of a college professor who reforms all his students while ‘God of Alwarpet’ is a peppy number used in his movie Pammal K Sambandham.

The social media team of MNM was too seen in complete action, the hash tag called  #MakkalNeedhiMaiam was seen trending in Chennai and third Nationwide. Screenshots of the same were propagated all over twitter.

The people of Tamil Nadu have been trying to seek an alternative to the filmy cult culture that has been created by politicians of the mainstream Dravidian parties, AIADMK and DMK. Unfortunately these activities of Makkal Needhi Maiam and Kamal Haasan proves to be a big disappointment even before they have begun their political innings in the state.