Kamal, Suriya talk about Jallikattu

Kamal, Suriya talk about Jallikattu

Strongly supporting jallikattu currently banned in Tamil Nadu, Kamal Haasan today said he is a big fan and all those who hate the bull sport should give up on biryani too.

“If you want a ban on jallikattu, let’s also ban biryani,” Kamal said at the India Today South Conclave in Chennai. “I’m a big fan of jallikattu,” he said.

“I’m probably one of few actors who’ve played jallikattu. Am a proud Tamilian, this is our culture,” he added.

Kamal has often spoke 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 but the bulls are treated like gods in Tamil Nadu.

“It is about taming the bull and not causing them physical harm by breaking its horns or other parts,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Suriya has said that Jallikattu is a part of Tamil Nadu’s culture and it shouldn’t be abolished.

“There used to be two hundred bull breeds but now, we only have thirty. Many bull breeds are extinct so there can be regulations but let’s not abolish the sport, it’s our identity and culture,” he said.