This Veteran Actor Does NOT Want Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan to Enter Politics

This Veteran Actor Does NOT Want Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan to Enter Politics

'Politics is not meant for actors', he says. But will Tollywood superstars Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan agree?
This Veteran Actor Does NOT Want Rajnikant and Kamal Haasan to Enter Politics

The intrepid BJP politician Shatrughan Sinha would like to warn his colleagues from the entertainment industry who are rushing where angels fear  to tread.  Shatru says, “I hope they have worked out their political screenplays in some detail before taking the plunge. Mujhe aisa lagta toh nahin hai. I hope I am wrong. Because  politics  is no bed of roses. Actors  come from a  world of glamour. They are addicted to glamour. In politics, there  is a lot of power. And  power is extremely glamorous. Actors come  to politics in the hope of building on their  glamour and fame.”

But the truth, says Shatruji, is somewhat removed from expectations. “Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan should be very clear on why they came  want to come into politics. Why just Rajinikanth? Even Kamal Haasan is  a very good friend  of mine. They  never sought my advice before plunging into politics. If they had, I’d have  warned them  about the pitfalls of politics. Look at the way I’ve been treated  by my parent party. I was  given to understand that I’d  be given  cabinet rank. Instead, a television actress was given cabinet  position. I was only subjected to humiliation and indifference. We actors are  brought into political parties to draw in  the crowds. But when we do draw in the crowds, the party gets insecure about our popularity. It’s really a  very tricky situation.”

Shatrughan Sinha

Did Shatruji’s friend Rajinikanth seek his advice about plunging into  politics? The answer is  in the negative. “No, Rajini didn’t seek my advice. If he did I’d have advised him against  it. Look , it’s  not going to be easy. M K Stalin has a very strong power-base in Tamil Nadu’s politics. He has  done  a  lot for the people. Rajini can’t ignore Stalin’s  position. And  why are we only talking about Rajini?  Kamal Haasan too is  a dear friend. He too will find the  going really tough. It is not easy to convince the voter that you are a capable leader just because you’re a popular actor. Rajini  speaks  of ‘spritual politics’.  At  a time when scamsters are running away with  billions of India’s money you can’t change the politics  with spirituality. Desperate situations cause for desperate remedies. Can Rajini and Kamal deliver?”

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