Rajinikanth has Countered his political Entrance perfectly, but that won't be enough to win elections
“But even if he is late, he is the latest and totally fresh,”
"Naan late-aa vanthaalum latest-aa varuven (even when I arrive, I'll be the latest)." That's one of the most widely used and typically catchy "Superstar" Rajinikanth traces from his 2002 picture ba-ba.
Years earlier that, in 1996, the Tamil movie celebrity's public telephone to get rid of then chief minister Jayalalithaa's rule at the southern Indian state is supposed to have played a significant role in her defeat in the legislative elections. So, in a televised message, Rajinikanth said, " God cannot rescue Tamil Nadu if Jayalalithaa is reelected to power."
Any particular 1 line secured her fate.
Also, it fuelled speculation on Rajinikanth's political aspirations, though nothing came of it for over two decades. Afterward, on the last day of 2017, the 67-year-old took the plunge.
"But though he's late, he is the most up-to-date and fresh," cried Muthukumar, one of the thousands of his fans built outside the Raghavendra Mandapam, a public utility hallway in Tamil Nadu's funding Chennai, where Rajinikanth made the statement. The frenzy and enthusiasm, even though largely orchestrated for television cameras, has been proof that the newest fighter in the city had generated a dab.
At the meeting, Rajinikanth announced that he would contest the assembly elections due in 2021, giving enough time to populate his celebration. He'd choose the 20-19 Lok Sabha elections after.
"His decision to get into politics is just a dramatic turn of events," says PC Balasubramanian author of Punchtantra, a publication on the celebrity iconic picture lines. "We're developing a feeling at which we all were stuck with two parties. He's blood."
The Starry Eyed Tamil
It began with MG Ramachandran, the first Tamil movie star to become chief minister in the 1970s. Between and after them, more went on to play a key and sundry political purposes.
For example, in the last twelve months alone, Kamal Haasan, yet another favorite celebrity, and Vishal have made their intentions clear.
There's indeed something about Tamil Nadu's fascination with personality cults and actor-turned-politicians. Rajinikanth, a government bus conductor in Bengaluru till he entered movies in the 1970s, is among the largest examples for the reason that Tamil heritage. Within his four-decade career, he's garnered a massive following, not the least because of his one-liners, odd onscreen mannerisms, also stylised gestures. Last year, the release of his picture Kabali was treated as a national event by Tamilians throughout the country.
In 2018, Rajinikanth may possess just two movies releasing. Initially, 2.0, can be just a sci-fi thriller shot in 3D. It is likely to be soon accompanied closely by Kaala, at which he plays with an aging don. It's believed that while 2.0 will aim the youthful Kaalamight find him shooting up the reason for the underprivileged and socially backward--the great political vehicle ahead of their 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Jayalalithaa passed on while in office in December 2016, and nonagenarian Karunanidhi has been unwell for a little while. The fading away of the two colossal characters of Tamil politics round exactly the same period has created a political vacuum that no one else has been able to fulfill.
"the bonus along with him is that individuals are ready to listen. He could leverage his new equity. Nonetheless, it's critical that he's a great team with him."
And there's a reason why the person on the street is not overly cynical regarding him. For the last calendar year, post-Jayalalithaa's passing that the AIADMK has imploded. It divided into two before expediency pushed the rival factions to merge again. Governance was that the casualty.
The opposition DMK, which has been expected to profit from all this, has failed to capitalize on the situation and give an alternative.
Meanwhile, the other popular star, Vijaykanth, had earlier entered the political landscape. And in spite of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi around, he was able to receive a 10 percent vote share in the 2006 elections. However, his Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam frittered off the initiative, particularly along with his family's marked participation in party affairs.
There is a lesson for Rajinikanth as well.
He's expected to fall back on a large number of his fan clubs to transform into the rank and file of his political outfit. However, whether mere fans can sue the politics landscape remains to be seen. For the time being, there is no dearth of enthusiasm. Umashankar, a-team Rajinikanth member, said, "This is likely to become Rajini yuga (era). We have been expecting this afternoon from 1996. Exotic clubs all over Tamil Nadu and beyond will likely come as a team."
Cautious first Measures
Then there is the sneaking suspicion regarding the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP); prime minister Narendra Modi's ensemble is perceived as a north western Indian party having a perceptible focus on Hindi along with Hindu nationalism. It's for decades strove to gain a foothold at Tamil Nadu, a country driven by Dravidian politics that views some other north Indian overture together with suspicion. All the more, on the last 12 months, through the absence of Jayalalithaa, the BJP was seen as attempting to remote controller Tamil Nadu's AIADMK government.
Immediately following the celebrity's announcement Sunday, BJP leaders welcomed his movement through a collection of tweets.
This confirmed that the saffron party had nudged Rajinikanth around together.
Master Stroke of Modi & Amit Shah.— NARAYANAN THIRUPATHY (@Narayanan3) December 31, 2017
"Rajinikanth's equations with all the BJP go to an occasion much before Modi.
At the event on New Year's eve, Rajinikanth spoke about stirring in "spiritual politics" without explaining exactly what that meant. It's only fuelled speculation over his philosophical closeness to the BJP.
The BJP's central direction, however, will not desire this to be directly associated with Rajinikanth's move. The party feels it should let Rajinikanth chart their class. The calculation is that it may piggyback on his celebrity even workout a post-poll alliance if the celebrity is cagey about associating with it before elections.
"The BJP should keep quiet. Otherwise it will hurt his (Rajinikanth's) authenticity," said Raman.
Meanwhile, his big display atmosphere alone might be inadequate for him to succeed in electoral politics. He needs to get his stand clear on controversial issues that have bogged their country for decades, even be it discussing the waters of the River Cauvery with nearby Karnataka or the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.
"Rajinikanth should be coherent all of the time. Can he pull off a scripted show each moment?"