Twitter and social media are abuzz with Rajnikanth’s dashing entry into politics and his power-packed speech, even as fans and friends salute the #Thalaiva
By Manishaa R
More than a fortnight ago on the eve of his 67th birthday on December 12, Rajnikanth’s good friend, producer Rockline Venkatesh, who had produced Lingaa with him, had made a prophetic statement about the superstar’s entry into politics, “He has his timeless charisma on screen but he also has the charisma, determination and honesty to bring about a change, if he enters politics and it is time he did so,” Venkatesh said.
Venkatesh, who has also distributed some of Rajnikanth’s biggest films like Kabali in Karnataka, said that Rajnikanth could bring about a profound change in the politics of Tamil Nadu, if he decided to enter politics, “If he steps into politics he will hundred percent successful, as he has succeeded in his film career. That’s because he has a great concern for the people of the state and every word of his is valued by millions of his fans all over. He has the ability to put Tamil Nadu on a prominent place on the map of India,” he said.
Rajnikanth’s brief but power-packed speech is a true reflection of Venkatesh’s words and millions of people in Tamil Nadu perceive the Thalaiva. Justifying his decision to take the big leap into politics, the superstar said, “People from the other states are frowning upon us. Even after all this, if I am going to stay quiet, my conscience will prick me to the day I die. This is the state and you are the people who are the reason I am living today.” His speech also showed that he was determined to make a difference, “Before the state election, we will discuss what we can do and what we cannot. If we don’t do what we promise, we will resign within three years. We will be running spiritual politics,” he said, announcing his decision to contest all the 234 constituencies in the next state elections of Tamil Nadu he
Meanwhile Rajnikanth’s entry into politics has been welcomed by celebrities and friends across all genres. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who has always shared a great relationship with Rajnikanth was among the first to welcome Rajnikanth’s announcement, “My dear friend, my colleague and a humble considerate human Rajnikanth, announces his decision to enter politics…my best wishes to him for his success.”
Veteran filmmaker and distributor N.R. Pachisia, was also among the ones who had great things to say about Rajnikanth, “He gave his heart and soul to his art form and entertained the people of TN and the rest of country. His intention will receive as much love and humbleness as he announces his political entry,” his tweet read.
“My dear friend, my colleague and a humble considerate human Rajnikanth, announces his decision to enter politics…my best wishes to him for his success”- Amitabh Bachchan
Noted Tamil movie distributor, Ranga Subramaniam, who has distributed more than 65 movies n Tamil, described Rajnikanth as the next big force after MGR to enter politics, “After MGR the real force has arrived. Game-changer” he posted on his twitter account. In another tweet he said, “2021 TN CM Welcome Thalaivaa. 234 out of 234. Thalaiva.”
Rajnikanth’s great friend Mohan Babu also welcomed the decision, “I wish my good friend @superstarrajini the very best. I am sure he will be the much needed change,” he tweeted.
Author, political analyst and columnist, Manobala Vijayabalan, said that Rajnikanth would make a difference to the state of Tami Nadu, “Superstar Rajnikanth’s political entry will surely bring the much needed change TN and India is looking for,” his tweet read.
Industrialist Anand Mahindra was also among those who admitted to being hugely impressed by Rajnikant’s speech, “If Tamil Nadu was a stock, I would be bullish and going long on it right now,” Mahindra posted on his Twitter handle in response to Rajnikant’s statement “if we don’t deliver, let’s resign in three years.”
Interestingly, China’s Xinhua News also took note of the development about the superstar’s decision to launch his party and enter politics to bring about a change.