Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan attend DMK event, spark rumours of joining politics
Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan and DMK leader MK Stalin at the 75th anniversary celebrations of DMK mouthpiece 'Murasoli' in Chennai on August 10. Photograph: (Twitter)
Famous Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan once again sparked rumours of their political ambitions after they graced a DMK event on Thursday (August 10).
Both the actors, who have a huge fan following in Tamil Nadu, attended an event to mark 75 years of the founding of DMK mouthpiece "Murasoli."
Tamil Nadu: MK Stalin, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth at the 75th anniversary celebrations of DMK's mouthpiece Murasoli, in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/W0IGfR0f3A— ANI (@ANI) August 10, 2017
Kamal Haasan, who has taken on the ruling AIADMK government for alleged corruption, shared the stage with DMK leaders. Rajinikanth was seated among the audience in the front row. Asked whether he was joining politics, Kamal Haasan said that in 1983, DMK chief Karunanidhi sent him a telegram asking him to join the party and that he had not been able to give him an answer till now.
Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth at the 75th anniversary celebrations of DMK's mouthpiece Murasoli, in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/SPn3g6hsZW— ANI (@ANI) August 10, 2017
Kamal Haasan sat next to DMK Working President MK Stalin, who had backed him after a strident attack by Tamil Nadu Ministers for being critical of the government, and other senior party leaders.
The participation of the two stars at the DMK event assumes significance in view of their recent statements suggesting that they could be joining politics.
Other celebrities who attended the celebrations included former cricket board chief, industrialist N Srinivasan and actor Prabhu, son of late actor Sivaji Ganesan.
Kamal Haasan has taken on the ruling AIADMK (Amma) government over alleged corruption. Several state ministers had attacked the actor after he asked his followers to use social media to lodge graft complaints, and questioned the contribution of his fan clubs to the welfare of the people of the state.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami had challenged him to join politics.
Tamil Nadu politics has been dominated by the two Dravidian parties - the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) - since 1956.
Their top leaders have been closely associated with the film industry.
Actor Kamal Haasan, who has taken on the Tamil Nadu government on corruption issue, on Thursday shared the dais with opposition DMK leaders at a party event in Chennai. Superstar Rajinikanth chose to sit among the audience (WION)