Rajinikanth supports PM Modi’s Swachch Bharat: Which way will Rajini, Kamal Haasan finally go?
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Rajinikanth supports PM Modi’s Swachch Bharat: Which way will Rajini, Kamal Haasan finally go?

While Kamal Haasan has been speaking at length about his political debut, Rajinikanth too seems to have hinted at his leanings.

regional movies Updated: Sep 22, 2017 12:40 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Rajinikanth’s Kabali has political overtones.

Kamal Haasan has been speaking at length about his decision to enter politics, the most recent being in an interview to Times Now where he even said when he will do so. He said on Thursday that if elections are held in the next 100 days, “I will be there”.

Speculation has been rife that the two heavyweights of Tamil Nadu politics -- Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan -- are all set to join politics.

On Friday morning, Rajinikanth tweeted to extend his support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachch Bharat initiative. Coming as it does in the current political climate, many will read it as his veiled attempt to speak of his political leanings.

Rajinikanth hasn’t been as vocal as his Tamil screen counterpart about joining politics though he has been dropping hints every now and then. Speaking to his fans in May this year, Rajini had said that if it is God’s will, he would enter politics the very next day. “If God wills it, I will enter politics tomorrow,” he had said.

In the same address, the actor added how his fans should be ready for war when it comes, asserting the “system is rotten” and that it needs to be changed. “The system is rotten. We should change the system.” He also said he had no love for politics, but if he ever did join, he would show the door to all “money-minded” people.

There has been a lot of chatter that the actor is close to the BJP, in particular PM Modi. At that time, BJP national secretary H Raja has said that Rajinikanth is a “popular” personality and was welcome to join the saffron party. Kabali star, on his part, also had a word of praise for DMK heavyweight MK Stalin and Anbumani Ramadoss -- he called them ‘efficient’.

Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan has been incessantly speaking about the political scenario in Tamil Nadu ever since the power struggle between V Sasikala and three-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam started making news. Since then he has spoken about a host of issues ranging from Jallikattu to corruption in government departments.

After a series of tweets on corruption over several months, his charges against the ruling AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu led to a storm and he even asked fans to send in corruption cases via emails to the concerned departments and ministers. Speaking at the 75th anniversary of DMK mouthpiece, a Tamil daily called Murasoli in Chennai in August this year, he said that self respect, not self defence, was most important. Many read it as taking potshots at Rajinikanth who was seated among the guests, but not on the dais as him.

Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan during foundation stone laying ceremony of South Indian Film Artistes' Association building in Chennai on Friday. Actor M Nasar is also present. (PTI)

In August, he again attacked Palanisamy government for allegedly serving rotten eggs to children in government-run schools.The actor seems to have hinted at his political leanings when he met Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram recently. Post the meeting, he had declared that saffron was not his colour.

“My colour is definitely not saffron. That much I can say now,” Kamal Haasan said, in a clear reference to the BJP and RSS.

Further, on Thursday (September 21) he met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in Chennai. “Kejriwal has a national image as a fighter against corruption and communalism. And for me it is a learning curve, meeting him and discussing national and state politics and a wide range of issues,” Haasan said during a joint interaction with reporters.

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First Published: Sep 22, 2017 12:40 IST