Friday, 28 July, 2017

Rajinikanth bats for MK Stalin, hints at major change in TN politics

Slapping a cobra The Government of India has honoured Rajinikanth with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts Rajinikanth bats for MK Stalin, hints at major change in TN politics
Frank Williams | 19 May, 2017, 12:20

It was also his most unambiguous signal yet that he is considering a political career.

"People keep saying I am not a Tamil", Rajinikanth said.

"Even though I came from outside, even though I came as a Marathi, you gave me love, you gave me name, you gave me fame".

But when it came to taking a stand on certain issues, such as not voting for the AIADMK in 1996 or supporting Tamil Nadu during the Cauvery water crisis because it was his "karambhoomi" over Karnataka, his "janambhoomi", Rajinikanth has been very unequivocal.

Rajinikanth assessed that Tamil Nadu has good leaders - MK Stalin of the DMK and Anbumani Ramadoss got a special mention from the mega star - but said that the "system is rotten. We need to change the system", he said. He added that he had responsibilities but when the ultimate war comes, "we all will see".

"There are many senior people in politics".

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Earlier while speaking to fans, Rajini had said that he has no immediate plans to join politics. But he has not said no either. Incidentally, Modi met Rajinikant at his Poes Garden residence in 2014 when he visited Chennai.

Addressing his fans today at Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, Superstar Rajinikanth has once again hinted about his political entry. "So, don't feel disappointed if I don't enter politics", he had told his fans.

The then hustings saw "Amma" losing the assembly elections and the DMK-TMC registering a landslide victory.

In the film, dealing with the protagonist's transformation from a carefree atheist to a believer, the plot details the actor's brush with a wily politician. When the man is killed, the protagonist approaches the people. The iconic actor called his support for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Tamil Manila Congress tie-up in 1996 a "political accident".

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that Tamil cinema has mostly centred on linguistic and cultural identity, and for what it is worth, politics in India for the longest time has also operated on the same principles. Only the AIADMK has stayed away, though Rajinikanth's relationship with Ms Jayalalithaa, his Poes Garden neighbour, had improved.

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