Veteran actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Friday condoled the death of Queen Elizabeth II and reminisced her visit to the sets of his unfinished venture 'Marudhanaygam,' during her Chennai visit in 1997. She came to the sets very much aware of the dialogues to be delivered against the colonial rule, in the backdrop of which the movie is set to be based, and the late queen had the realisation that world and politics had changed, the veteran star said.
"The dialogues we spoke were against the colonial rule. She came there despite knowing that it shows she didn't come as a queen but as a mother, someone who realised politics has changed, the world has changed. I liked that," Haasan told reporters. She lived a "complete" life and reigned for long, he added.
Earlier, in a series of tweets, he said the late queen was loved not only by the Britishers but by people all over the world. ALSO READ: Queen Elizabeth II passes away: Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Britain's longest-reigning monarch
"Twenty-five years ago, she accepted our invitation and attended the inaugural of Marudhanayagam and greeted us. Most probably that is the only film shoot she had attended," he said.
He also fondly recalled his meeting with her at Buckingham Palace five years ago when he had visited London for a cultural show and shared a picture of their meeting. The veteran actor expressed his condolence to the royal family and the British people.
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Her eldest son Charles, who succeeds as king immediately, said that the 96-year-old monarch was a 'cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother' who would be missed around the world. ALSO READ: Queen Elizabeth II dies: Sushmita Sen, Kareena Kapoor, Anushka Sharma & other celebs pay condolences
Upon her demise, Buckingham Palace issued a statement while referring to the Prince of Wales, Charles as the King. "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world," the statement said.
(With PTI Inputs)