Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Home News Reports Kamal Haasan who claims to champion women empowerment had refused to give his former...

Kamal Haasan who claims to champion women empowerment had refused to give his former wife used appliances after divorce: Details

In an interview with Deccan Chronicle in July 2015, Vani Ganapathy, the former wife of Kamal Haasan, broke her silence for the first time about her traumatic and bitter divorce with the actor.

Actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan threw open a can of worms when he backed “payments” for homemakers in his party manifesto. Last month, Kamal Hassan released his political party MNM’s seven-point Governance and Economic Agenda wherein it promised that if it was elected to power, it would recognise the due credit of homemakers by paying them salaries for their work at home and thereby help in raising the dignity of the womenfolk.

However, the promise to provide a “payment” for the homemakers elicited sharp reactions from both—the opponents as well as proponents of the idea. Several prominent personalities, including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, welcomed the move, while on the other hand, notable celebrities such as actor Kangana Ranaut opposed the idea, stating that if implemented such a proposition would reduce a homeowner to home employee and put a price tag on their love and sacrifices.

Kamal Hassan’s wife Vani Ganapathy reveals about her bitter divorce with the actor

Nonetheless, as the debate on whether the payment to homemakers serves to empower them or degrade them continues to rage on, it is important to revisit what the former wife of Kamal Haasan had to say about the actor who now claims the moral high ground of emancipating women by providing homemakers with “payments”. In an interview with Deccan Chronicle in July 2015, Vani Ganapathy, the former wife of Kamal Haasan, broke her silence for the first time about her traumatic and bitter divorce with the actor.

For 28 years since the divorce, Ganapathy had refrained from publicly speaking on her divorce with Kamal Haasan. However, the latter’s remark that his divorce with Ganapathy had led him on the brink of bankruptcy is what triggered Ganapathy into sharing her side of the story.

“I decided it was time to go public with my statement because if Kamal claims that I drove him to bankruptcy, people might even think that all the success and possessions I currently have came from him. My silence should not be mistaken for acceptance,” she said.

Kamal refused to give used appliances: Ganapathy

Speaking about her divorce with Kamal Haasan, Ganapathy admitted that there was alimony but she refused to reveal the petty details of the private matter. To stress the fact on how inconsequential the alimony was, Ganapathy had revealed that Kamal was so inconsiderate of her that he had even refused to give her used appliances from the flat the duo shared.

“The alimony is a private matter, nobody outside the two of us needs to know about the ugly details! There was alimony, yes, but it was too petty to discuss, really. He even refused to give me used appliances from the flat we shared. What could I expect from a man like that?” Ganapathy said.

While Kamal now claims to “recognise” the due credit of homemakers in his election manifesto, in his former life, as per his ex-wife’s account, he was not so considerate and caring of the womenfolk as he would have us believe. Contrarily, Haasan vilified his former wife publicly, taking a swipe at her for the supposedly big, fat alimony that she had gotten from him following the divorce between them. Additionally, it also reveals that Kamal Haasan’s sudden focus on women empowerment is nothing but a poll ploy to woo women voters in the upcoming assembly elections by offering them freebies and doles.

Haasan accused of mansplaining a female Twitter user

It is also notable to mention that Kamal Haasan was recently called out by netizens for mansplaining a female Twitter user who had posted a video of operating a nunchaku like a trained martial artist for self-defence. The video by a woman operating a nunchaku did not sit well with Kamal Haasan who took to Twitter to give unsolicited advice to her.

Haasan replied, “Dignity and equipoise are important to your protection and empowerment. With the above qualities, your self-defence can become non-violent. When non-violence meets violence, there is no combat; clearly, the criminal is exposed. Your confidence can do more damage than pepper spray.”

The actor implied that a woman must ‘display confidence’ and resort to ‘non-violence’ even in the face of violence and aggression. He suggested that doing so will somehow miraculously thwart violence of an aggressor and thereby can supposedly inflict more damage than pepper spray, a common self-defence item women use this against violence against them.

Haasan’s patronising response to tweet invited the wrath of social media users, many of whom accused the actor-turned-politician of indulging in mansplaining and rebuffed him for passing off a woman’s confidence as sufficient for averting an attack on her dignity.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Constant ‘beheading’ threats by Islamists: Hindus come out in large numbers to support Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, demand security for him

Enraged by the Muslim politicians and religious groups openly issuing death threats, Hindus come together to support Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati.

Here’s why lockdown is no longer an option and imposing another at this point makes no sense at all

Not imposing a lockdown may be a bad choice but imposing it to combat Covid-19 will prove to be infinitely worse.

Japan to release treated water from Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean: USA, IAEA support, China condemns

Japan has long delayed the decision to dispose of the wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant over criticisms and safety concerns.

The direct fall-out of not implementing farm laws: Punjab Farmers say Arhtiyas asking for signed blank cheques for helping in crop procurement

Farmers across Punjab are being told by their arhtiyas to furnish "signed blank cheques" if they want to get their produce auctioned in the mandis

What happened in Chhabra after Hindu man was stabbed by Muslim men: Call for peace, attack on a Hindu the next day and more

On April 12, the administration extended curfew for one more day at Chhabra, Baran district in Rajasthan after the communal riot

Uttar Pradesh: Gyanvapi mosque management committee seeks a stay on ASI survey, Sunni board supports them

The Gyanvapi mosque management committee had filed an urgent petition in Allahabad High Court seeking a stay on ASI survey of Gyanvapi mosque complex.

Recently Popular

Pfizer wanted Brazil, Argentina to put military bases, Federal reserve as collateral: Why India kept Pfizer away and how the usual suspects are wrong

Pfizer has been accused of countries in Latin America of pledging their sovereign assets, military bases and financial reserves to protect itself from any adverse fallout of the vaccine

After explosive Clubhouse confessions, Prashant Kishor starts building ground to blame only Mamata Banerjee if Bengal is lost: Here’s how

While trying to fire-fight fall-out from Clubhouse conversation, Prashant Kishor has set narrative to blame Mamata Banerjee and TMC for West Bengal loss

Attempts to draw false equivalence between the Kumbh Mela and Tablighi Jamaat congregation do not make sense: Here’s why

Attempts are being made to draw false equivalences between the Kumbh Mela and the Tablighi Jamaat congregation last year.

India has to become a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, or it will be turned into an Islamic nation by 2030: Kerala MLA

"Can we let this nation (go) to any particular community? This needs to be discussed. Somebody has to speak up," PC George emphasised.

Shops burnt, stones pelted on police in Baran, Rajasthan after 3 Muslim men stabbed one Kamal Singh: What we know so far

Shops burnt, police personnel injured, stone pelting, fire department vehicles attacked in Chhabra, Rajasthan.

OpIndia Exclusive: Tata Communications suffers data leak, hackers claim to have sold access to company’s servers, over 50GB data still up for sale

As per two posts by hackers on a hackers' forum, they have gained access to Tata Communications servers and sold them.
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

254,077FansLike
528,799FollowersFollow
24,200SubscribersSubscribe