Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

I am a true Tamilian: Rajinikanth on outsider barb

I am a true Tamilian: Rajinikanth on outsider barb

Superstar Rajinikanth's possible "plunge in politics" may have excited his numerous fans and triggered a debate in political circles, but the matinee idol on Thursday declined to answer any political questions.

"I was in Karnataka only for 23 years and have been in Tamil Nadu for more than 40 years. You come then. In the old days all men would go when there was a war". You have work and duties. The remaining 44 I have spent here. I am a Pachai Tamizhan [pure Tamil].

In no less than a vote appeal he also sought the support of his fans saying, "I will call you when there's a war. If I am forced to leave this land, I will only head to Himalayas to be with the Yogis and not to any other state".

Ever since the death of J. Jayalalithaa in December 2016 and the realisation that former chief minister M. Karunanidhi will turn 93 in a few weeks, the state's political arena has been rife with expectations of an overhaul. "Thirumavalavan has been very vocal about each and every subject", he said. Seeman is a warrior. But the system is corrupt. People are fed up.

On May 15, he had said that he had made a mistake by supporting a political alliance 21 years ago.

What is it about the stars, both behind and in front of the camera, in Tamil cinema that makes them an integral part of the state's politics?

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In his latest comments, Rajinikanth had said he had no desire to joins politics, but if he did, he would show the door to all "money-minded" people.

Continuing to maintain his intriguing stand over joining politics, Rajinikanth further asserted that some people used his name for "political gains".

Just before the 1996 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Rajinikanth had said that "even god can not save Tamil Nadu" if Jayalalithaa returned to power.

Rajinikanth's entry into politics has been at the centre of much speculation and chatter for years now.

Rajinikanth, the most popular actor in Tamil Nadu, today made it more or less clear that he would enter politics soon. "But that's fine in politics, opposition is the biggest investment", said Rajinikanth.

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