Chennai: The AIADMK leader and State fisheries minister D. Jayakumar lashed out at Tamil film ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth, whose film Kaala hit the theatres on June 7. He said a film’s success cannot determine political victory for actors.
“A film’s success is determined by the fans depending on the storyline and other features, but it has nothing to do with politics. In politics what matters is the ideology that is put forth, how one approaches the people and how much one mingles with the masses and strives for their well-being. In this aspect, Puratchi Thalaivar (matinee idol and iconic leader M.G. Ramachandran) gained the recognition of the people who crowned him the Chief Minister. Nobody can accept an actor as leader based his film’s success,” M. Jayakumar told reporters here on Saturday.
To be accepted as leader of the masses, one has to strive for the well-being of the people and be one among them, he said, adding that former Chief Minister MGR alone enjoyed the “support of people.”
Rajinikanth, who is now trying his hand at politics, has always hit the headlines whenever a new release comes up. What captivates his audience is his style and action. His new movie has managed to perform well at the box office in Tamil Nadu, earning Rs 15 crore on the first day of release. The movie is written and directed by Pa. Ranjith and produced by Dhanush. It revolves around Dharavi slum with Rajini in the lead role and main attraction. Actor Nana Patekar has played the part of the antagonist in the movie.