The state of Tamil Nadu may see a new superstar alliance as both actors-turned-politicans Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth made surprising statements that they were ready to ally for the benefit of the people of Tamil Nadu.
Making a statement at the Chennai airport, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan added that the two actors getting together would not be surprising, considering that they have been ‘together for 44 years.’
This statement comes two days after a celebratory event was held in the city marking his 60 years in cinema.
When reporters asked him if he and Rajinikanth would get together politically, Haasan said,
“There is no miracle in our joining hands. We have been together for 44 years. If the need comes for us to get together (in politics) then we will. Right now, work is important, talking about this is not. For the benefit of the people of Tamil Nadu, we can take this journey together.”
However, just a day later, the actor-politician said the operative phrases are “if need be” and “for the welfare of Tamil Nadu.” There is no fixed timeframe, he added.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth too seemed open to an alliance with Kamal Haasan, agreeing that he was ready to join hands with MNM for the benefit of the state's residents. “For the benefit of the people, if there is a situation to form alliance with Kamal Haasan, we will definitely come together,” he told the media.
On 17 November, during the celebratory 'Ungal Naan' event, actor Vijay's father and director SA Chandrashekhar had expressed his wish that Rajini and Kamal should enter politics together.
"You should establish your party, come to power, weed out corruption and then when you feel like you've had your fill, make way for your brothers," he said, also hinting at his desire to see his son Vijay eventually enter politics.
Actor Rajinikanth had earlier pointed out that no ‘miracle’ can be dismissed.
"Miracles are happening all around us. For instance, two years ago Edappadi Palaniswami would not have imagined becoming Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister. When he did, many said his rule may not last a couple of weeks," said the actor. "It's been two years now, he has been in power overcoming all hurdles. Miracles have happened yesterday, they continue to happen today and will happen tomorrow as well," he added.
Kamal and Rajinikanth's political stances have been perceived as radically different in the past. But the latter's recent statement about the BJP's failed attempts to brush him with the same colours as they were trying to paint Tiruvalluvar, has raised interest yet again in his political ideology.
Kamal has, however, always maintained that saffron will not be a colour he wants to be associated with.
(This article was first published on The News Minute and has been republished with permission.)