Rajinikanth To Enter Politics, To Form His Own Political Party
Rajinikanth, the 67-year old superstar of South Indian films, confirmed his political entry on the last day of the year 2017. The second highest paid actor in Asia, after Chinese superstar Jacky Chain, announced that his party would contest in all the 234 constituencies in the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth said while announcing his decision to enter the politics “Something which I did not have at the age of 45 cannot be there at 68. But here, the democracy is at high risk. Whatever happened in the last one year in Tamil Nadu has put everyone mute in their shame. If I don’t take a decision at this moment, there is no more change.” He said that he engage in ‘spiritual politics’ and will take the decision to contest in the 2019 Parliamentary elections at an appropriate time. Rajinikanth, referred to as Thalaivar meaning ‘Ultimate Boss’ in Tamil Nadu, asserted,” "If I was hungry for power, I would have entered politics in 1996”. He also declared that his yet to be launched political party would be functioning beyond the boundaries of caste & religion.
In terms of the earlier political moves, it is worth remembering that Rajinikanth had publicly supported the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham – Tamil Manila Congress (DMK-TMC) and had said that even God would not be able to save Tamil Nadu if AIADMK came back to power in 1996 and as we know, DMK-TMC alliance swept the polls after that.
In the South, Rajinikanth’s movie releases are celebrated as festivals by his fans spread across castes & religions. His giant cutouts garlanded and covered with gorgeous lights can be seen across the state in all cinemas and the opening show of the movie marks the moment when his fans pour milk over the cutouts of the actor.Rajinikanth, a Marathi by birth, was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950. In fact, the actor was named after the Great Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. After his schooling, he did several jobs and finally became a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute, after quitting his conductor job. Soon after, Tamil film director K Balachander advised him to learn Tamil and thus started the superstar’s journey to become the beloved Thalaivar. Incidentally, K Balachander also him his screen name ‘Rajinikanth’. In his first film, He played a role of villain and Kamal Haasan was in the lead role. After a few stints in the villainous, roles Rajinikanth solo hero role in Bairavi in 1978 and since then there has been no turning back.