Will he, won't he? Rajini's warcry keeps fans guessing

Smooth After earning Rs 26 crore for his role in Sivaji, he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time

Smooth After earning Rs 26 crore for his role in Sivaji, he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time

In 1996, during the Tamil Nadu assembly election campaign, Rajinikanth denounced J. Jayalalithaa and her politics.

He also praised MK Stalin, Anbumani Ramadoss, Thirumavalavan and others.

"God made me an actor and I promise Rajini will never ever disappoint his fans in acting", he added. He had earlier also hinted towards joining politics.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India's largest political party and the party of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is also said to be willing to welcome Rajinikanth into its fold, hoping to gain from his influence.

Referring to his political career, Rajinikanth said, "I have my profession, my job". Though I came here as a Marathi/Kannadiga, people of Tamil Nadu have given me money, fame and everything else. So, go back home and do your work.

In an open interaction with his fans, Rajinikanth had said, Right now God is using me as an actor, but I cant say anything about the future. Krishnan, leader of TPDK said "Every time his movie is to be released, he plays this drama of coming in to politics".

On the final day of his five-day initiative to meet fans from across the state, Rajinikanth, who initially refused to comment on queries related to politics for the last three days, addressed the matter much to the surprise of his fans and media. I was in Karnataka only for 23 years.

Indications of Rajini's grand entry into politics has made the Bharatiya Janata Party nervous. "We will see when the war comes", said the superstar even as the packed audience burst into wild applause. With former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa's demise in December previous year and with ailing DMK chief M. Karunanidhi out of action in the last few months, observers have pointed out the political vacuum in the state.

"I will call you when there's a war".

To his naysayers, he said, "After seeing comments in Twitter and Facebook, I don't feel hurt". Thus, he managed to placate possible political rivals and allies, while highlighting the need to clean up the "system". "I have spent 44 years in Tamil Nadu". "I am a pure Tamil, you have made me a Tamil", said the 66-year-old actor, who was born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in Tamil Nadu's neighbouring Karnataka.

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