Rajnikanth gives biggest hint of joining politics

In what appeared to be another statement of political intent, Rajinikanth today urged his fans to wait for the "impending war".

While there is speculation that Rajinikanth may join the BJP, and help the party take off in Tamil Nadu, a source close to the actor on Friday denied that he will join the saffron party if he decides to enter the political arena, and said the filmstar has "clear directions from Delhi". "Money-minded people will be shunned". He alone, they believe, can fill the vacuum left by Jayalalithaa's death and the fading of the ailing nonagenarian, M. Karunanidhi. The BJP is trying to woo him, but he shouldn't fall (for it). "Let us face the war when it comes", he roared amidst a thundering applause from fans.

'I have my profession, my job. So, go back home and do your work. Sources said that Rajinikanth asked the reporters not to ask him political questions at the end of his interaction.

'We have good leaders like Stalin, Anbumani and Seeman. "We should change the system".

"The system is rotten".

Speaking on politics, Rajnikanth said there were good leaders but the system was corrupted. "[MK] Stalin is a great administrator". Cho (Ramaswamy, late political commentator) used to say Stalin will do the best if given a "free hand" in politics, but that has not happened.

Rajinikanth also praised PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss, VCK chief Thol.

However, they withdrew the protest after the actor expressed regret over the comments made by him nine years ago during the Cauvery row. "You made me a Tamilian", he told a large gathering of fans who roared their approval. I am a pure Tamilian now.

"I have responsibilities and works, same with you". Rajini flaunted his love for Tamil Nadu.

Rajnikanth is 66 years old now and has done more than 150 movies in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.

Taking a dig at those who have criticised Rajinikanth for being an "outsider", the Enthiran star said, "I lived in Karnataka for 23 years and Tamil Nadu for 43 years. I have already told you, my ancestors were natives of Natchikuppam in Krishnagiri".

"The AIADMK is a huge banyan tree".

Vanessa Coleman