Days after veteran Tamil actor Kamal Haasan cleared speculations, declaring that he may plunge into Tamil Nadu’s political space, superstar Rajinikath, on Sunday revealed that Haasan wanted him to join the new party he is panning to form. And while the Tamil entertainment industry and the state’s politics keep working hand-in-hand, Rajinikanth, in a major political statement, said that fame alone doesn’t make an actor’s political career successful.
Sharing the stage with deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and Kamal Haasan, during the inaugural of legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan’s memorial in Chennai, Rajinikanth said that other than teaching action, Shivaji has also taught lessons in politics to the new generation of actors.
“Sivaji sir started his own political party and lost his own seat in the polls. There is a lesson in it. To emerge successful in politics, it is not only enough to have cinema fame and name. We need something more than (fame) only people know what it is,” said Rajinikanth.
Earlier in September, Kamal Haasan finally gave the biggest hint towards his entry into Tamil Nadu politics. Haasan had been on the headlines in connection with the states politics, sparking controversies with his meeting with the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and for attending the anniversary event of DMK’s newspaper.
Speaking in an interview with The Quint, the veteran actor discussed his plans to launch his own party, however stating that it is “not out of choice but compulsion”. Justifying his stand to not join any existing political party in Tamil Nadu, Haasan said, “Yes I am thinking on those lines, not out of choice but compulsion. A political party is about an ideology. And I don’t think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party.”
Speaking at Chennai on Sunday, Rajinikanth said that Haasan knows what a successful politician requires. In softer tone, Rajini told, “If I had asked him two months ago, maybe he would have told me. Now when I ask him as a senior in the film industry, he says “come with me, I’ll tell you.”
The veteran actors were present in the inauguration ceremony of a 28,300 sq ft Ganesan memorial, which was built by the Public Works Department at a cost of Rs 2.80 crore at Adyar in the Dravidan style of architecture. The declaration of the construction of the memorial dedicated to Shivaji Ganesan, was made by late TN Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 2015. Ganesan, who dominated the Tamil film industry since 1950 is the winner of the Dada Saheb Phalke award and had acted in over 300 films.