A few days ago, Rajinikanth had condemned violence against cops during the IPL protests in Chennai and said that it was unacceptable.
“The worst form of violence in law and order situation is to attack uniformed personnel on duty.This form of violence has to be tackled immediately as it poses a grave danger to our country. We need more stringent laws to punish the perpetrators of the attack on police personnel on duty,” he had said.
Now, it seems that his remarks have irked director Bharathiraja. In a press release, he has criticised Rajini for trying to tarnish the image of Tamil Nadu and called him a ‘messenger of Karnataka’. He, however, made it clear that he ‘regrets’ any attacks on cops and called it the act of ‘vested interests’.
“While the people of Tamil Nadu protested in a peaceful manner, you portrayed them as the people indulged in violence. You never once spoke on Sri Lankan Tamil issue, neutrino project, or even when the Cauvery issue was at its peak. Why have you spoken now? It makes clear that you are the messenger of Karnataka,” he said.
Bharathiraja also claimed that Rajinikanth talks about politics only when his films are set to release and questioned if he has done good things for the state of Tamil Nadu. These are strong words and could create a buzz in the film industry.
On the work front, Rajini currently has 2.0 and Kaala in his kitty. 2.0 is a sci-fi thriller and has been directed by maverick filmmaker Shankar. It is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran and will see Rajini reprise his Chitti character from the first part. It also features Brit beauty/noted actor Amy Jackson and Bollywood’s resident ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar in the lead. As far as Kaala is concerned, it is touted to be a crime-drama and has been directed by Pa Ranjith. In it, Rajini will be seen essaying the role of a deadly gangster and redefining the meaning of onscreen swag.