What does Rajinikanth want to do with and in Tamil Nadu politics? Other than inform the nation and its favourite seers that he intends to practice “spiritual politics”( a term that has left all his colleagues and observers baffled and stumped) there is no clear-cut policy, not even a name for a political party. Is there a political party at all that Rajini wants to initiate? Or is he still meditating over the possibilities? Spiritual awakening awaited.
A source very close to the actor-turning-politician says Rajinikanth is currently in the process of concreting his plans. “He is gone off on his annual pilgrimage for 15 days which political observers are connecting to his political plans. This is not the case at all. Rajini undertakes a teerth yatra every year. And it’s no different this year. He is giving the impression that he will make big announcements about his political plans when he returns from the pilgrimage when in truth there is no plan yet,” says a source .
Apparently the one thing that we can expect from Rajiniknath’s politics if and when he actually announces the name of a political party is his elder daughter Soundarya’s active participation in her Pa’s political plans. “Soundrya will be Rajini’s right-hand person. She will be the go-to person for all political queries regarding Rajinikant. She will handle all the day-to-day political activities and all the liaison work, almost like Indira to Jawaharlal Nehru.”
The possibility of a coalition with colleague Kamal Haasan is also “very strong”. Says a source close to Kamal Haasan, “Kamal says his chosen colour for politics is not saffron. Rajini seems unsure of what his chosen colour is. But he has inspiration on politics from M G Ramachandran which means Rajini will continue to act in films, though not as frequently as earlier.”
In an interview to this writer some time ago Soundarya Rajnikanth had spoken of her father’s career plans. “My Dad never made any career plans. He is a very simple human being. He never forgot where he came from. As his children, my sister Aishwarya and I learnt this from him, to never forget our roots. With our Dad there are no two faces. What you see is what you he is. Whether it’s a fan or a producer, he treats them all the same. He has been down to earth all his life. He will never change.”
But change, as all know, is the only constant in politics. If Rajinikanth will practice the politics of his cinema or use politics as an extension of celluloid image, he won’t achieve the same success as M G Ramachandran. The demography of the Tamil vote bank has changed. The average voter doesn’t believe in the things that an actor, no matter how popular or influential, is seen doing on screen. He has to prove his worth in the political arena from scratch.