South Indian Super Star Kamal Haasan last year threatened to go away India in the light of controversies surrounding his movie Vishwaroopam and on March 31 pledged his "promise" to the nation and uttered hope he would not leave it.
Hours after receiving the high-status Padma Bhushan award in New Delhi, the versatile actor admitted he had feel "more emotional". In a clear orientation to his earlier being at the venue to collect the Padma Shri in the 1990s, the actor said since he had been there previous also, he thought he would not be as stirred as he was the first time.
"I was in for a surprise. I felt even more emotional this time," he said in a statement.
"I thought age would have brought about scepticism or even pragmatism since after all, politicians are also involved in this selection process, but I felt myself moved to tears," the actor said.
Considering stalwarts and champions around him, he for a minute forgot about corruption, horse-trading, rapes and "other misdemeanours" of some of his fellow countrymen, the actor said.
"I looked around me, proud to be among the champions, absolutely humbled by all the talent and achievement they stood for. I once again pledged my commitment to the country and hoped I won't have to leave it in anger in future. I found myself to be positive."
"I am proud of to be an Indian. It has all to do with Indians and nothing to do with state of Indian politics and politicians," he said.
He saluted the nameless heroes with whom he was yet to be familiar with.