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Veteran movie star hints that he may enter political fray

Asia Times 2017-05-19 22:06:57

Yet another blockbuster rumor surfaced after Rajinikanth’s week-long fan meeting event came to an end on Friday. Reports say the movie star hinted to fans that he may soon enter the world of politics.

“The system is corrupt; we all need to work together to change it,” Rajinikanth, who is also known as “Superstar,” said while addressing a large gathering of his adoring fans.

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Reacting to hostile comments made about him on social media recently, he said he welcomed them, adding that criticism is essential for growth, Times of India reported.


“I was in Karnataka only for 23 years and have been in Tamil Nadu for more than 40 years. I am a pure Tamil; you have made me a Tamil,” the 66-year-old actor, who was born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in Tamil Nadu’s neighboring Karnataka, was quoted as saying.

In Tamil Nadu, his millions of adoring fans say Rajinikanth is the only one who can fill a political vacuum created by the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa of the AIADMK and the frail health of her 92-year-old arch rival, M Karunanidhi of the DMK.

There has been much talk since earlier this year about the possibilty that Rajinikanth could launch his own party with the support of the BJP. He has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met the actor at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai when he visited the Tamil Nadu capital in 2014.