The demise of former chief ministers Jayalalaithaa and M Karunanidhi has created a vacuum in the political scene of Tamil Nadu. With the political vacuum in the state, it looks like every other star in K-Town sees himself as the perfect fit to step into the shoes of yesterday’s leaders.
Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth are already in contention for the throne of Tamil Nadu. While the latter is taking his own sweet time to even announce his ideologies and the name of his party, the former has already started playing to the gallery, in reality, TV shows and interviews. And now we have Vijay, fondly known as Thalapathy, making inroads into the state’s politics.
At the audio launch of his film Sarkar on Tuesday (October 2), Vijay’s statements about his desire to enter politics were not all that subtle. When Vijay was asked to speak at the tail end of the program, he started his speech with his usual phrase, “En nenjil kudi irukum Tamil Makkaluku vanakam (Namaste to all the Tamil people who reside in my heart).” This was met with deafening applause from his fans, who continued roaring till their hero left the stage.
Actor Prasanna, who was anchoring the show, after Vijay’s speech, asked him, “What will Vijay do if he becomes the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu?” To which Vijay replied, “Hypothetically speaking if I ever become a chief minister for real, I will not just ‘act’ like a chief minister.” This might be a dig at the current ADMK CM Edappadi Planisamy, who is criticised as a puppet of the central government.
The Theri actor then went on to describe what should be the characteristics of a good leader. He said that when the head of the party is honest and not corrupt, the whole party will follow suit. He elaborated, “For example, Congress was good when [Mahatma] Gandhi was its leader. It is good now also; I am not complaining. But it was super duper when he was there.”
By the end of his speech, it was clear that the audio launch event was actually a front for something that was even more important in Vijay’s career as ‘Thalapathy’, the people’s leader.
Vijay has earlier made his political ambitions apparent with his statements and actions. But this time, he seems to be putting up a blatant exhibition of the same.
In Tamil Nadu, cinema has several times been the road to the throne for many stars including MGR and Jayalalithaa. With Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and now Vijay treading the same path, it is sad that there is no break from the decade-old trend even today.
But Vijay should at least give the people of Tamil Nadu some breathing space. Let us first figure out what Thalaivar and Nammavar are up to… before Thalapathy jumps into the ring.