Take 2 for Rajni in politics
Superstar Rajnikanth may take a full-fledged plunge into politics two years after wrapping up what could be his last blockbuster. At least, that is what he appears to have told BJP president Nitin Gadkari. Shekhar Iyer reports.india Updated: Apr 10, 2011 01:08 IST
Superstar Rajnikanth may take a full-fledged plunge into politics two years after wrapping up what could be his last blockbuster.
At least, that is what he appears to have told BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari was invited to Rajni's home here on Friday evening as a follow-up on the BJP chief's rescue act when the actor and his family were about to be mobbed at the Wankhede stadium after the World Cup final in Mumbai on April 2.
Rajni let his mind known when he and Gadkari were chatting on his life, films and politics, particularly the Tamil Nadu poll scene, BJP sources said.
The superstar was not impressed by the choices before the people of Tamil Nadu. He expects people to seek a third alternative in the years to come and he might not let them down then.
Hitherto, Rajni has always kept his cards close to the chest.
But, with candidates, such as Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's son Stalin, seeking his blessings, Rajni told his new-found friend and fellow Maharashtrian: "I will enter politics after my last film is over. That should be in two years."
On the World Cup final day, Rajni, his wife, Latha, and daughter Soundarya were seen sitting next to actor Aamir Khan and his wife, Kiran Rao.
But after the match was over, fans surrounded them, as they could not find either security men or his car.
It was then that Gadkari, who had gone to watch the match, came to Rajni's rescue.
He asked them to hop onto his vehicle and drove off quickly to his Worli home. Later, the actor was dropped at his hotel.
So, when Gadkari was in Rajni's city, they had him over.
As their discussion veered around politics, Rajni appeared to be taken in by the anti-corruption mood in the country, amplified by fasting by another Maharashtrian, Anna Hazare, on the Lokpal Bill.
Rajni told Gadkari he was bothered about issues like poverty, corruption, water scarcity and environment, which were assuming alarming proportions and "definitely wanted to do something" about them.
Gadkari invited him to see his social welfare and bio-fuel projects in Nagpur.
Gadkari got the impression from his chitchat with Rajni that he eventually wanted to start his own party rather than hinging on to a national party - as he felt that the mood of regionalism was still strong in Tamil Nadu, BJP sources said.
In 1996, his call against the AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa's "corrupt government" swung the popular mood in favour of the DMK-Tamil Maanila Congress alliance.
Since then, the actor has been silent on politics.
As he took leave, Rajni handed him a CD of Enthiran, which tasted unprecedented box-office hit.