Standing firm in his stance and dismissing accusations of being irresponsible and callous' for not returning his award, the superstar said the act of returning awards would not lead to a solution.

"Gandhiji stood against the Britishers, his law degree was conferred by the English men, should he have given it back? What are you going to achieve by giving back awards?," Haasan, who turned 61 today, cited.

"I will raise voice if a suspicion arises that my right to freedom of speech and that of my friends and brothers will be infringed," added Haasan, who has thrice won the National Award for Best Actor.

On the beef row, the Padma Bhushan awardee said, "If you do not like beef, don't eat, I was eating it, but now I have decided that I will not eat animals bigger than me," he said, adding, choice of food should be left to the people. "Don't give menu card to others," he said.

Stating that he respected the jury who chose him for the award, he said they were people endowed with intelligence who had thought that he was worthy of the award.

"I salute them and have taken the award. If I have something against the government, there are so many podiums including this one," he told reporters.

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