Actor Udhaynidhi Stalin, son of DMK leader MK Stalin, said recently that he has been attending the programmes of their political party and Tamil people will not see him more often in politics. “From now, you may expect to see me more often. I will work as a simple party cadre,” Udhayanidhi said speaking at a recent party meeting. Udhay attended an event in Chennai along with his father MK Stalin and said these words during his speech on stage. Udhay says, despite his busy film schedules, has taken time out for party programmes and understands numerous aspects of politics. Party workers say that his film status will bring value to the party and will help in the upcoming elections.
“It is one of many strategies to stabilise the party after the defeat in the R K Nagar bypoll. Kalaignar [M Karunanidhi, Stalin’s father] will not contest the next elections, so Udayanidhi and his film-star status are expected to bring the party more support from first-time voters. Stalin doesn’t want much fanfare while launching his son in politics. Instead, he will allow his son to grow, slowly, like he did under his father without a sudden elevation. As a film star, he will be a star campaigner,” a senior leader was quoted as saying by Indian Express. After tasting good success in films, looks like Udhay will now shift his focus towards politics.
Udhayanidhi Stalin chose to enter films despite hailing from a political family who have been in this field for more than four decades. Udhayanidhi just had a release – Nimir – which is the Tamil remake of Malayalam hit Maheshinte Prathikaram. Directed by Priyadarshan, the film opened to a decent response and has been doing well with positive word of mouth from audiences. Besides Udhayanidhi, Nimir also stars Namitha Pramod and Parvatii Nair in the lead roles.