Rajinikanth, the wildly popular Indian cinema star who inspires almost godlike adulation in some parts of the country, gestures as he announces his entry in politics during an interaction session with fans in Chennai, Dec. 31, 2017. (Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth said, Feb. 23, efforts were on to build a strong foundation for his proposed political party and asked his fans to keep quiet and “make noise at the right time.”
“It is being said others are making (political) noise and they (his fans and supporters) are keeping quiet. Let the others make noise, let us make the noise at the right time,” he said to thunderous applause by his supporters.
While Rajinikanth did not take any names on those making the apparent political noise, it is being seen as a veiled reference to his contemporary and one-time co-star Kamal Haasan, who has launched his political party “Makkal Neethi Mayyam” (MNM) in Madurai two days ago.
Addressing his fans and supporters from Tirunelveli district in Chennai, the superstar said if a political party in the state had the ‘guarantee of a vote bank,’ it was due to the “foundation” it had created.
“We need (such) a strong foundation,” he said, adding efforts were on in this regard.
Even to run a family “the head should be” proper, Rajinikanth said, adding right now the focus was on to create a foundation to support a strong structure—the political party.
Rajinikanth had on Dec. 31 last announced that he will launch his political party and contest from all 234 seats in the next Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.
Haasan had met Rajinikanth and leaders of various political parties ahead of launching his political party.
Rajinikanth had then said he prayed for “divine blessings” to be bestowed on his ‘friend’ Haasan and wished him success in his political endeavors.
He also said he and Hassan had different styles in cinema, a possible indication that they may go separate ways in politics too.