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16 Sep 2017

If people want, I will enter politics: Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan might finally take the plunge into politics. He asserted that if he gets a "strong signal" from the people, he would enter politics.

Further, he said if his on-screen rival Rajinikanth decided to enter politics, he would not mind joining him. He said, "Though we are rivals in our industry, we consult for key issues."

Know more about the superstar's political ambitions.

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Kamal Haasan gives strong hints about entering politics
Kamal Haasan has been tweeting and making waves


Kamal Haasan has been tweeting and making waves

In the past months, Haasan has been targeting the AIADMK government on social media claiming that there is "corruption in every department."

His politically-charged remarks have disturbed the ruling party. The state's FM Jayakumar asked Haasan to prove his corruption allegations and challenged him to enter politics.

However, CM Palaniswamy has asserted Haasan "won't be able to bring down our government."


Haasan may float his own political party

Though Haasan has been flirting with political parties, he might start his own.

After he met Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan at his home, it was speculated he might join the left.

He also recently attended a function of TN's opposition party DMK.

However, IE reports that "preparations" are on "to float a political party" and an announcement is likely on "Vijayadashami or Gandhi Jayanthi."

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What might've prompted Haasan's shift to politics?

In TN, matinee idols frequently enter politics. AIADMK supremos Jayalalithaa and MG Ramachandran and DMK chief Karunanidhi had their roots in films.

Haasan has been out of action for some time especially since 'Vishwaroopam' was banned in 2013; there were allegations it showed Muslims in a bad light.

Recent political mileage may have reinvented Haasan's career and might've prompted the shift to politics.

What will be Haasan's political ideology?

"I'd raise issues in every platform. I'm sure about it," Haasan has said regarding his role in politics. When prodded about his ideology, he asserted that he "is standing on the shoulders" of Ram Manohar Lohia and Periyar and "moving in their direction."

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What does it mean for TN politics?

Presently, TN politics is reeling in uncertainty. AIADMK is experiencing fissures with VK Sasikala being expelled and her nephew Dhinakaran rebelling against the government.

DMK's Karunanidhi may be fading into the shadows due to his health; his son Stalin is providing leadership.

With earlier superstars like Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi who exuded charisma having faded out of limelight, Haasan may have a strong winning chance.

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