Veteran movie star hints that he may enter political fray

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

Veteran movie star hints that he may enter political fray

Anbumani Ramadoss is also a well educated man with good ideas. But what do we do when the system is rotten, democracy has deteriorated. "Therefore a change is required to set things right", Rajinikanth said adding "for that to happen there has to be a change in people's mind set". I have lived and grown with you. So go back to your places and look after your families and attend to your duties.

"Naan pachai Tamizhan (I am a pure Tamil).If you ask me to get out and throw me away, I will land only in the Himalayas (which he frequents) and not in any other state", he said. "I am a pure Tamil, you have made me a Tamil", said the 66-year-old actor, who was born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in Tamil Nadu's neighbouring Karnataka. "Although I came as a Marathi from Karnataka, you people nurtured me, made me true Tamilian".

Tamil cinema has always had close links with politics, with matinee idols, the late MG Ramachandran (MGR) and J Jayalalithaa, besides script writer M Karunanidhi, having gone to rule the state. Rajinikanth repeated his thought saying he had no desire to join politics, but if he did, he would show the door to all "money-minded" people.

"I am 67 years old". Since then, politicians have misused my name on several occasions.

The cadres have now demanded an apology from the Tamil superstar.

"It is natural for Rajinikanth to talk about politics because there is now a vacuum caused by the death of Jayalalithaa and ill health of Karunanidhi", said former minister K.P. Munuswamy. While the actor has refused comment, on Wednesday, BJP national secretary H Raja called him a "popular" personality who is "welcome to join" the party. We have waited for several decades, perhaps we will have to wait a bit more.

BJP state president Tamilisai Soundarrajan took strong exception to Rajinikanth appreciating Stalin and other leaders, but leaving out Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His comments came after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy claimed that the actor's entry into politics would be a "disaster".

Many political parties, barring AIADMK, had been wooing him. "Let Rajini take his decision on politics", he told India Today TV.

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