Rajinikanth to enter politics?

19 May 2017 | Written by Gaurav Jeyaraman; Edited by Shiladitya Ray

Addressing a gathering of his fans in Chennai, actor Rajinikanth hinted at the possibility of him joining politics.

Speaking to his fans, he said "The system is corrupt, we all need to work together to change it." He heaped praise on the people of Tamil Nadu.

He also made mention of several politicians in the state and the good work they did.

In context: Is Rajinikanth about to enter politics?

Who is Rajinikanth?

Rajinikanth was born, Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on 12 December 1950 in Bengaluru. He worked as a bus conductor with Bangalore Transport Service and acted in plays. He joined Tamil cinema in 1973 when he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting.

19 May 2017Rajinikanth to enter politics?

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Praises for Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduPraises for Tamil Nadu

Heaping praises on Tamil Nadu and its people, Rajinikanth thanked them for their support.

He said "I will call you when there's a war. You come then," possibly hinting at his electoral debut.

He added that he had been in "Tamil Nadu for more than 40 years. I am a pure Tamil, you have made me a Tamil."

21 May 2017Rumours hint at meeting between Rajinikanth and Narendra Modi

Unconfirmed reports from Tamil Nadu are hinting at a meeting between film icon Rajinikanth and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tamil Nadu is already buzzing with rumours about Rajinikanth, who enjoys the status of a demigod, joining politics after he asked his fans to prepare for "war".

Considering the actor's influence on fans, Tamil politics could see a new alignment if he joins politics.

A war is coming

"I have a profession, work, duty and so do you. Go to your places, do your duty, take care of your vocation. Let us face the war when it comes," said the actor to his frenzied fans.

22 May 2017Amit Shah- Rajinikanth welcome to join BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Sunday said BJP would welcome actor Rajinikanth, but the superstar first has to decide to enter politics.

Speaking at an India Today TV event in New Delhi, Amit Shah said only Rajinikanth can decide if he wants join politics.

On speculation about Rajinikanth meeting PM Modi, Shah said good people from every sector meet the PM.

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22 May 2017Pro-Tamil groups protest Rajinikanth's politics move, detained

Protesters from the Thamizhar Munetra Padai took out a rally toward actor Rajinikanth's house, protesting against his move to enter politics.

They stated that there were many Tamils who could rule the state, and they did not need an immigrant from another state to rule over them.

Police detained several of the protesters and stepped up security around the actor's house.

27 May 2017Rajinikanth's decision on entry into politics by July end

Rajinikanth's brother Satyanarayana Rao Gaikwad has said the actor will decide on his entry into politics by July end.

From May 15 to 19, the star spent time consulting his fans and well-wishers. Gaikwad said more consultations would follow before Rajinikanth makes a formal announcement.

Though the BJP has been wooing the actor, Gaikwad said his brother would likely float his own party.