Odisha is a model state, says Kamal Haasan

Bhubaneswar: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan heaped praises on Odisha and hailed it as a "model state" with many ideas. He added that he is seeking knowledge and experience from the state to be replicated in Tamil Nadu.

The founder president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party said this after being honoured with an Honorary Doctorate by a private university of technology and management here. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented the doctorate to Haasan at a function.

"Odisha is a model state and we are trying to seek knowledge from here so that we can make Tamil Nadu like this," Haasan said.

The renowned actor said the MNM is seeking knowledge and experience other states which are forerunners in some ideas or the other and Odisha remains a forerunner in many ideas.

Haasan said he felt honoured that the chief minister could spare time to share his wisdom for MNM (Peoples Centre for Justice), a regional party founded by him in Tamil Nadu.

The actor, who had met Patnaik here on Monday evening after his arrival in the city, said his Odisha visit was also an educational tour as he gathered ideas during his interaction with the leader.

Describing the actor as a "towering personality" in Indian cinema, the chief minister said "Mr Haasan is a legend who has served the nation throughout his life through art, cinema and humanitarian works. He has made many new experiments in cinema. His silent movie Pushpak has been hailed as an all-time great in the world of cinema."

Turning to education, Patnaik said technical education and vocational training has been at the forefront of our approach for economic planning and sustainable growth of the state.

"This focussed approach has made Odisha a leader in skill training in the country and Skilled-in-Odisha is emerging as a global brand," the chief minister said.

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