After years of speculation Superstar, Rajinikanth broke his silence on the matter. He has announced his decision to join politics just weeks after he talked about being advised by doctors that his health may not be up to the challenge.
“I am willing to sacrifice my life for the sake of Tamil people,” the 69-year-old announced with a dramatic mix of idealism, daring, sacrifice, and emotion befitting the “Thalaiva ” of movies.
Even after Rajinikanth met with district secretaries of his Rajini Makkal Mandram, not many were hopeful. When he sought more time, they thought their leader was setting them up for disappointment.
But Rajinikanth has played the “will he, won’t he” game too long. Some believe it may be too late in the day, given his age and health.
Given the right circumstances, Rajinikanth’s entry may shake up Tamil Nadu parties and alliances as they prepare for the Tamil Nadu polls due in five months.