Kamal Haasan meets Naveen to 'seek political advice'

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 (PTI) Actor-turned-politicianKamal Haasan on Monday called on Biju Janata Dal presidentNaveen Patnaik and said he sought political advice from thefive-time chief minister of Odisha.

Patnaik and Haasan talked for about 30 minutes atNaveen Niwas, the residence of the chief minister.

'Basically, it was one side receiving advice as apolitician. I asked questions and got some great answers,'Haasan, who founded Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party, toldreporters after the meeting.

Asked about any possible alliance between Odisha'sruling BJD and his MNM, Haasan said, 'Senior leaders willdecide on this. However, we do seek advice and watch NaveenPatnaik closely. We are happy to meet him and seek hiswisdom.' Haasan who is being treated as a state guest, had beento Bhubaneswar to attend a programme of a private institution.

'I am delighted that Kamal Haasan is in Bhubaneswar.

We had a discussion this evening on his political career andprospects, and on the films he is doing,' Patnaik said.

He said he hoped that Haasan will be able to have alonger trip to Odisha and visit tourist spots like Konark andChilika. PTI AAMNN NN