A green sticker pasted on the door of actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan’s Alawrpet residence in Chennai sent shock waves among his supporters and followers. The quarantine sticker stated that the persons in the Eldams Road residence of Haasan need to be quarantined from March 10 to April 2. The sticker was later removed by the corporation authorities.
The sticker said there were people inside the house on home quarantine and people in the Alwarpet area, one of the posh areas in Chennai, mistook it for Haasan being in self quarantine. Later, in a press statement, the actor denied reports of him being quarantined. “The news that I have been self quarantined is not true.” He clarified that he has not been living in the Alawrpet residence for the past few years and added that the Makkal Needhi Maiam office has been functioning from there.
“As a precautionary measure, I have undertaken social distancing as I requested the public too. I would again re-emphasise all of us to undertake social distancing as a precautionary measure. I also request all news agencies to verify news before breaking it so that fake news doesn’t get spread.” Reports had it that the sticker was pasted as it was the address mentioned in Haasan's former partner Gautami’s passport and she had returned from Dubai recently.
Later, the corporation officials also clarified saying, “It has been removed. It is a genuine mistake,” Greater Chennai Corporation commissioner G. Prakash said the mistake happened because it was the address mentioned in Gautami’s passport.
Haasan also tweeted saying the state government should consider adding the folk artists and dancers who perform in temple festivals while extending help during the time of COVID-18.
It may be recalled that Haasan had already sought the permission from the state government to convert his Alwarpet residence to be turned into a temporary hospital to treat the COVID-19 patients with the doctor members in his MNM.