Kamal Haasan met Rajinikanth in Chennai on Sunday ahead of starting his mega-tour across Tamil Nadu.
CHENNAI: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan met superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday ahead of starting his statewide
mega-tour. But hitting brakes on renewed speculation about a political collaboration between them
, Mr Haasan told reporters that it was a “courtesy call” and not related to politics. While
Rajinikanth touched upon the point with a veiled reference to their “different styles”, Mr Haasan, who
is prepping for his first political meet on Wednesday, spelled it out.
“Only time will tell on both of us joining hands… I came to inform Rajini about my political tour…
Rajini wished me good luck,” Mr Haasan told reporters outside the superstar’s residence in Chennai’s
posh Poes Garden.
In December, after Rajinikanth made the long-awaited announcement about his entry into politics, the
two actors have been repeatedly asked if they would contest elections together. Both have fended the
question with a “time will tell”.
M. Haasan has pointed out that the political compatibility is the key, saying “it isn’t like choosing the
star cast for films”. In his speech last week at the Harvard University in the US, he said, “I hope
Rajinikanth’s color is not saffron because if it is, an alliance is unlikely”.
The 63-year-old actor-politician had said the color of his politics is “black”, indicating that he follows
the Dravidian ideology. Rajinikanth, who had announced that he would follow “spiritual”
politics, on Sunday, said his “style” was different from Kamal Haasan’s, “even in movies” indicating that
he would cut his own path in politics.
“Kamal wants to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. I pray to God that he attains success,”Rajinikanth told
reporters when walked the actor to his car. “He has not entered politics for fame or money but
only to serve people of the state.”
A vocal critic of the state’s ruling AIADMK government, Mr. Haasan is expected to unveil his governance
model this week at Rameswaram, after which he would begin his statewide tour.
At the same event, he is expected to announce the name of the political party he had announced last
He called the tour a “journey of discovery” during which he will attempt to “understand people’s needs
and aspirations” and said he would meet the people he likes before he starts.