Daring on screen, Rajinikanth plays safe off it

Don’t miss the chance, Thalaivaa!
Don’t miss the chance, Thalaivaa!

In films, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth always plays devil-may-care characters.

But in reality, especially with regards to his ever-incipient political plunge, things seem a lot different.

The actor today put out a statement that he was not supporting any political party for the forthcoming general elections. He added his focus was the State elections in Tamil Nadu (as and when they happen.) He advised his supporters not to use his name in support of any party or candidate.

He, however, said vote for a stable and strong government at the Centre, which is generally seen as an euphemistic endorsement for the BJP.

Rajnikanth, though he announced his political plunge in December 2017, has not come up with his political party. He said in December 2018 that his party would be announced closer to the State elections in Tamil Nadu, which are scheduled to happen in 2021, but many foresee that the State will be plunged into elections sooner than that.

But why did Rajinikanth choose to keep equi-distance from all parties?

The rumour mills have it that both the AIADMK-BJP (which are believed to be hand in glove with each other in the State) wanted to have the actor’s backing for their putative alliance desperately. The actor too, in general, has had a good equation with the BJP.

Elsewhere, Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya, who had her wedding on February 11, is now married into a staunch DMK family. One of the uncles of Rajini’s son-in-law is a former TN Minister belonging to the DMK. And the family as such is fully into the DMK ecosystem.

It was obviously a delicate situation for the superstar. “On the one hand, in his political and religious outlook, he is closer to the BJP. The other side features his daughter’s in-laws. So no surprises, he has chosen to play safe,” says one of his backers.

Rajini, it is learnt, has not only shied away from supporting any party, but will also be totally unavailable anywhere near his state all through the run up to the 2019 general elections.

Sources say that he will get down to shoot for his next film under the direction of AR Murugadoss. The schedule is for two months or so, and this will keep him away from Chennai and also the hustle and bustle of electioneering for most of March and April..

Clearly, Rajini is in no mood for any of the daring that he exhibits in his screen persona, in politics.

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