I am true Tamilian: Rajini’s reply to actor-politician Sarath Kumar’s ‘outsider’ tag
Rajinikanth added that for 23 years he was a Kannadiga and for the last 43 years, he has been in Tamil Nadu. He thanked his fans for been “truly loving and welcoming”. Actor-politician Sarath Kumar has earlier called him an “outsider”.regional movies Updated: May 19, 2017 13:49 IST
The ‘Rajini-darbar’ finally comes to an end on May 19, with ‘Thalaiva’ addressing the fans on the fourth day. The actor who met his fans after 8 years, said how after living in Tamil Nadu for 43 years and receiving the fans’ appreciation, he has now turned into a ‘true-Tamilian’.
Many are seeing this as a befitting reply to actor-turned-politician Sarath Kumar’s ‘outsider’ remark against him, made earlier this year.
“I am 67 years old. I lived in Karnataka for 23 years and in Tamil Nadu for 43 years. I have lived and grown with you. You have been truly loving and welcoming and made me a true Tamilian. If I have to live anywhere in this world that will be in Tamil Nadu,” he said.
For the uninitiated Sarath Kumar, in the past, had labelled Rajinikanth an “outsider” Kannadiga, who stepped into Tamil Nadu to find work.
This remark came after the Kabali star, at an event, observed that he misses actor-political satirist Cho Ramaswamy, at a time of “unusual political developments in the state”, following the demise of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. His statement was touted to be in reference to Sasikala taking the reins of AIADMK.
Kumar, who contested on the AIADMK symbol in the assembly election from Tiruchendur in Tamil Nadu in May 2016, on this note, said that Rajinikanth should be careful about his comments on public platforms, adding that he would be the first to oppose the 2.0 star, if he tries his hands in politics.
During the event, Rajinikanth further said, “Both ‘support’ and ‘oppose’ is a part of the system. You can’t grow without any opposition. And in politics, it is inevitable and you have to live with it.”
He also thanked the organizers and the fans for their relentless support.
“I thank the staff and the police, who made this event a success. I also thank my fans for their relentless support over the years,” he said.
Over a period of four days, the superstar met his fans in batches, between May 15 and 19. Invitations were sent to all the respective fan clubs to attend the various sessions.
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First Published: May 19, 2017 13:44 IST