With the TN assembly elections approaching, new bonds and relationships are forming as film stars turn to offer their support and popularity to the "kazhagam aatchi" (AIADMK, DMK, MDMK etc.) in Tamil Nadu. Rumors of actor X and actress Y joining a party speards like wildfire amongst the masses and especially to their ardent fans who diligently follow their star's words and offer their support towards the party's election campaign and voting.
Looking back at the history of Tamil Nadu, stalwarts like MGR, Karunanidhi, JJ were all off shoots of the cine field who used their mass appeal to enter politics and this tradition has continued over the years in the South. And, once election ends, its not uncommon for these folks to end the so-called "kootani" and start bitching about their political counter-parts.
A look at some of the recent movie stars entries into politics to refresh our memories.
1. S Ve. Shekhar- Most recent entry whose name was announced on the AIADMK Candidate list by CM and party leader J Jayalalitha.
2. Karthik- Yestteryear popular hero who initially tried to get into DMK but failed and then promptly went to AIADMK where he was not accepted, now his party would be contesting alone in the coming elections.
3. Captain Vijayakanth- An actor who is well known for his genorosity behind the scenes and who has a spot amongst the rural masses for his action oriented and village themes, recently launched his party and made his foray into politics and will be facing his first election.
4. Kushboo-A popular heroine in the 90's Kushboo's attempt at entering politics has failed and she has denied contesting against a young politician favoring a particular party in the coming elections.
And, last but definitely not the least SuperStar himself, who stands like the Iron Man whose words and actions seem to make up the minds of more than half of Tamil Nadu. Inspite of the actor's decision not to support any political party in the coming election, his fans seem to rush off in directions supporting AIADMK and calling themselves the Rajini Makkal Kazhagam, as a new party. However, the Superstar's intervention at a timely moment stopped further party plans.
Let's wait and see as to who the next set of cinema stars who attempt political entry in the coming elections are going to be!