As more number of film superstars begin to find their way into politics, will there be a clash in the near future? A clash of interest might have risen up as fans of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan gathered at an event organised by Tamil Nadu’s opposition party, DMK, headed by MK Stalin on Thursday. The event was arranged to celebrate the platinum jubilee of the party’s mouthpiece, Murasoli. The gathered crowd speculated the celebrities hinting on either of them trying their luck with politics.
As Rajinikanth took a seat in the front row, Haasan, sharing the dais with leader Stalin did not mention that he would not be joining politics but did not add if he would be joining DMK.
Ideologically, Haasan is considered to be close to DMK as he had been at times critical of the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, Stalin has been spotted defending Haasan against scathing attacks by AIADMK leaders for being critical of the government. Haasan said, "Dravidian politics will last as long as (the word) "dravida" is used in the national anthem".
Rumours about Rajinikanth joining politics and launching his own party have been in circulation in the state since the actor's comment in May. "If God wills it, I will enter politics tomorrow," the 67-year-old had said, triggering a new political era creating confusion among the fans.
Local BJP leaders had invited Rajinikanth to join the party. The actor had given a cryptic reply, saying "Whatever I had to say I said, now I have nothing more to say". It is also reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajinikanth had some quiet time to themselves. The rumours took on fresh toll with his recent meeting with senior BJP leader Poonam Mahajan.
As the two stars who have a large fan following list attended a political event is seen as a new emergence of political era in the state.
The capture of the event was when DMK president draped a green shawl around Rajinikanth, and not wanting to stay back, Haasan came forward to lend a helping hand to Stalin in handing over a memento to his friend and colleague in film industry.
Meanwhile, the party’s mouthpiece, Murasoli which claims to have a circulation of over 60,000 today, has adapted to changing times. The e-paper version now reaches out to a wider audience.
Murasoli is intertwined in an uninterrupted manner, with six decades of the rise of the Dravidian movement and consequent political and social change; prior to that for 15 years it advocated the precepts of the movement in an on and off mannerR. Kannan, writer-biographer
Murasoli, which was published from Tiruvarur, Karunanidhi’s hometown and later from Thanjavur moved to Chennai in 1954, became a weekly in 1948. and a daily on September 17, 1960— Periyar’s birthday. Karunandhi had briefly suspended its publication when he was actively involved in theatre. Until recently, the newspaper was the medium through which Karunanidhi reached out to his cadre.