This was seen once again on Sunday when superstar Rajinikanth used the inaugural of legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan's memorial in Chennai to send out a political message that cinema fame alone does not guarantee a successful political career.
Now wrapping superstar Rajinikanth starrer "2.0", a sequel to "Enthiran", Shankar said he thought about "Indian 2" when he commenced work on this project. Without naming the Chief Minister, he said, "We need not pressure anyone to respect Sivaji Ganesan". But, all eyes were on superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan as both movie-gods are expected to take a plunge into active politics soon. I promise I don't know.
At the event today, Rajinikanth said Haasan might have shared with him the secret to success in politics "if I had asked for it two months ago".
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Rajnikanth added that when he asked Haasan how to be successful in politics, Hassan replied: "Come along with me, then I will tell you".
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Heaping praise on Ganesan, Rajinikanth said the memorial, and an earlier statue put up in his honour by Karunanidhi when he was chief minister, were not installed only because he was an actor. Kamal Haasan did not respond to Rajinikanth's jibes during his speech.
"I can not directly state what I have to say because of certain rules and regulations, but I will definitely come".
Hasaan had earlier met several political leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "How many ever governments come, they have to respect the actor". At a wedding reception in Coimbatore in August, he said, "This is not a wedding ceremony but inaugural function of our political journey".
Ganesan had acted in over 300 films and won many coveted laurels including the Dada Saheb Phalke award, the highest award in India for people involved in film industry. "And I thank the world of art, the government, and politics for giving me this opportunity", he said. Even if I had not become an actor, I would have been at this event as a film buff.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.
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