The Tamil political circle is abuzz with speculation of actor Rajinikanth entering politics and the superstar himself decided to clear the air by stating his opinion on Sunday. He said that he hesitates to join politics because he understands what exactly politics entails and that he is not scared but hesitant to take the plunge.
Rajini was responding to director Ameer who suggested it during the audio launch of his latest film, Lingaa. Earlier, there were rumours that Rajinikanth is likely to take a decision on his political career with the release of his latest movie Lingaa, a big budget movie that sold its distribution rights reportedly for a sum of Rs 120 crore last week.
During the audio launch on Sunday, Rajini said his political entry is not in his hands. “I don’t really know about my actions, I’m a product of circumstances. I exist depending on the circumstances. I know what is politics and how deep it runs..” he said. On entering into party politics, he said: “…but if I take that path, whether I will be able to do whatever I set out to do is a question,” he said.
While the rumours and speculations broke out about secret talks between Rajinikanth and the BJP national leadership, the party’s state leadership remained unsure. The state President Tamilisai Soundarajan welcomed the Super Star to join her party and repeated that her party national leadership would be knowing about such a move, whereas senior leader L Ganesan remained skeptical. He denied the possibility of Rajni entering politics.
Last week, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) president EVKS Elangovan advised Rajiinikanth not to enter politics as that he is being loved by everyone for his acting. Elangovan said an alliance with a political party would limit Rajinikanth to a small circle. “Personally as well as a politician, I would discourage him even if he wants to join Congress,” he said.
A source close to Rajinikanth said the Super Star is a sensible person. “He is clever enough to understand that people wont support him just because he is a star. That is the reason that made him abort similar such attempts in the past,” he said.