Will Rajnikanth succeed or end up like Chiranjeevi?
The long waited political entry of Tamil Super Star Rajnikath is finally a reality in next 30 days. He had made up his mind after several years of consultations and dillydallying. He is set to launch his party in 2021, ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in May in the same year.
There have been demands from his fans for several years. There have been a couple of films where he hinted at his political entry through his dialogues. But, finally it is going to be a reality as he had tweeted the other day, making his decision public. It is for sure that he would not go back on this announcement and it would happen whether he wins the polls or not.
Tamil voters have patronised the film stars and made them successful rulers over the years. M Karunanidhi, M G Ramachandran and later J Jayalalithaa have become chief ministers of the state. But, they have not patronised Vijayakanth launched his own political outfit, DMDK in 2005 but proved to be a failure in 2006 elections. But, it could make its presence felt in the 2011 Assembly elections winning 29 seats in the 234-member Assembly.
If the Tamil voters back him as patronise his films, he would stand along the with Karunanidhi, MGR and Jayalalithaa.
We, in Andhra Pradesh politics have seen N T Rama Rao being a successful politician from the film industry. However, the brothers – K Chiranjeevi and K Pawan Kalyan – have failed to make it to the power. While Chiranjeevi with his own political outfit – Praja Rajyam – had won just 18 MLA seats out of 294 in the undivided Andhra Pradesh, his brother, Pawan Kalyan, who launched his own party, Jana Sena, could not win. While Chiranjeevi contested two seats and lost one seat, Pawan Kalyan lost both the seats he had contested in 2019 elections.
Chiranjeevi had finally merged his party with the Congress and became Rajya Sabha member on Congress ticket and subsequently the Union Minister of State at the Centre. However, his brother Pawan Kalyan had become a political non-entity in Andhra Pradesh electoral politics.
Rajnikanth should learn lessons from his predecessors from the film industry in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, who succeeded and who failed. The experiences from Karunanidhi, MGR, Jayalalithaa and Vijayakanth from Tamil Nadu, NTR, Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan in Andhra Pradesh provide best lessons for this super star to shape his political career.