The iconic Rajinikanth is beyond any doubt one of the most revered names in Indian cinema today. He enjoys a strong fan following thanks to his down-to-earth nature, flamboyant onscreen image and perfect family life. Moreover, fans adore him as he is a self-made star in the truest sense. Now, he is in the news for an awesome reason. In an exciting development, ‘Thalaiva’ just confirmed that he will indeed be forming his own political party and entering the world of politics. He further added that he will be contesting the next Tamil Nadu state assembly elections and fielding candidates from all 234 constituencies. Speaking about the political situation in TN is ‘miserable’ and needs to be changed at the earliest, he said.
“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,” he added.
The superstar also said that he is not craving for power and is entering politics just to bring about a positive change.
“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
Well, this is a major announcement and is bound to create a buzz in the political circles. Interestingly, Rajini’s political game plan has been a topic of discussion for a while now. Sometime ago, a source had said as he is neither a leftist nor a hardliner, the party will follow a centrist ideology.
“Rajini would form a separate party. He will not join any other party, including the BJP. Being spiritual, Rajini cannot be a Leftist. Not being a hardliner, he cannot be a Rightist too. He will be a centrist as that alone will attract all sections of society,” the source had told a leading daily.
Similarly, a noted writer had said that he is going to stay away from the caste-based politics of TN. He had also said Rajini’s films do not reflect his political ideologies in any way.
“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, “the writer had told a leading daily.
On the work front, Rajini currently has ‘Kaala’ and ‘2.0’ in his kitty. ‘Kaala’ is a crime-drama and has been directed by Pa Ranjith. In it, he will be seen essaying the role of a gangster. The film also has Huma Qureshi and veteran actor Nana Patekar in the lead. As far as ‘2.0’ is concerned, it is a sci-fi thriller and has been directed by S Shankar. A sequel to the 2010 release ‘Enthiran’, it will see him reprise his Chitti character from the first part. Besides Rajini, it also has Akshay Kumar in the lead. Akki will be playing a negative role in what is the first Tamil film of his career.
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