Rajinikanth is undoubtedly one of the most iconic names in the Tamil film industry. And, yesterday, the legendary superstar confirmed that he would be entering politics much to the delight of his fans. He also said that he would be forming his own party rather than joining one and trying to change the dynamics of Tamil Nadu politics.
“I will be beginning my own party and will be contesting in the upcoming State Elections. We will independently stand in all 234 Constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Before the state election, we will discuss what we can do, and what we cannot do. If we don’t do what we promise, We will resign within 3 years. We will be running spiritual politics. In the past one year, Tamil Nadu politics has come down to a miserable state. People from the other states are frowning upon us. Even after all this, If I am going to stay quiet, my conscience will prick me to the day I die. This is the state and you are the people who are the reason I am living today. Don’t assume that I am standing because I want the position. If I wanted this political chair, I could have had it in 1996. The position came to me, but I didn’t want it that time. If I didn’t want it at 45 years of age, do you think I will be craving for it at 68? If I did, there wouldn’t be a bigger idiot than me,” he added.
Now, noted director SR Prabhakaran has made a shocking remark on Rajini’s political entry. In a hard-hitting tweet, he said that he will never vote for him as TN should always be ruled by a Tamilian. He also added that even though he would not support his party, he would always respect his contributions to the Tamil Film industry and be his fan.
“With Love, to Rajinikanth sir, I am your ardent fan, and I have registered that fact in my very first debut film. But, as a voter of this country, as a Tamilian, I cannot vote for you. Let us bring about a change. This Tamil state should be ruled only by a Tamilian. As for the Tamil Film Industry, you are forever our Superstar. Thanks,” he added.
Well, these are some strong words and are bound to ruffle a few feathers. It will indeed be worth watching whether Rajini ultimately responds to SR Prabhakaran’s tweet in the near future.
Interestingly, Rajini’s political ideology has been a topic of discussion for a while now. Sometime ago, a noted writer had said that ‘Thalaiva’ will stay away from the caste-based politics of the state and follow a centrist ideology. He had also added that Rajini’s films are not a reflection of his political views.
“People like his subaltern style and identity. In movies, Rajini is just playing the roles that his directors give him. Ranjith is a known Dalit activist and his movies are bound to have undertones of Dalit resurgence. ‘Kabali’ was a reaction to the 2012 Dharmapuri caste clashes. They do not reflect Rajini’s political thoughts or plans,” he had told a leading daily.
On a related note, Rajini currently has two major films in his kitty. They are ‘Kaala’ and ‘2.0’. ‘Kaala’ is touted to be a crime-drama and will see him essay the role of a gangster. As far as ‘2.0’ is concerned, it is a sci-fi thriller and has been directed by S Shankar. It is a sequel to the 2010 release ‘Enthiran’ and will see him reprise his Chitti character from the first part. Besides Rajini, ‘2.0’ also features Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the lead. During its audio launch in October, Akki had said that working on ‘2.0’ was a learning experience for him.
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