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Breaking Rajinikanth
The greatest are the ones who speak little but are spoken of more. Very few belong to this category and none fits this narrative better than "Rajinikanth," the superstar himself.

Contrary to what the whole world assumes, it is tough being Rajinikanth, despite his demi-god status. His detractors who used to lie low earlier have now come out in the open taking him on, criticising and hurling the choicest of abuses at him.

It is a crime to remain silent if you are Rajinikanth and it is an even bigger offense if the star decides to speak his mind. In a career spanning over four decades,very rarely has the actor opened his mouth but whenever he has, it resulted in tumultuous reactions. Quite recently, during his public meet with his fans, he went one step ahead and announced, "Be prepared for the war!!..."

That statement has set the cat among the pigeons and the political parties in Tamil Nadu are scurrying for rejoinders, while the media, since then, has been having a field day with their TRPs hitting the roof in the form of debates and "what not" on Rajinikanth.

While the leaders of major political parties in Tamil Nadu have chosen to be be tactful in their reactions, tier-two and the absurd fringe parties have been crying hoarse from their frail rooftops. Right from questioning his nativity to putting his loyalty towards the state to scrutiny, these small group leaders have been shooting from their narrow hips and empty guns taking criticism to its rock bottom which was never witnessed in the state until now. This has made the people of the state wonder if these parties have already thrown in the towel much before the man arrived on stage.

Rajinikanth, the man himself would be surprised, from being the most loved man just a few years back, he is now having to listen to a motley few taking pot-shots at him. Honestly, not many of his legions of fans would have anticipated this. From being invincible once upon a time, it now looks like their God of stars is only human after all; for he has to fight this battle to win this war that he seems to have called for. Many have tow the same old line, the most common refrain for nearly 20 years, that he had lost a godsent opportunity to become the CM of the state in 1996. The whole world knew that Rajinikanth had unparalleled popularity then, and he could have literally walked to the Chief Minister's chair unopposed with the entire opposition in tow. The then Chief minister J Jayalalitha had wasted a wonderful opportunity that the state had bestowed upon her. It is tough to introspect now, true, he would have been the CM, but would he have lasted so long, is a huge question. In the bargain between the CM's chair and being the movie star that he is, he sure seems to have got a better deal, as still in his 60's, he remains the undisputed box office king of Tamil cinema. But his critics still feel that the opportunity came and went.

Politics is not movies, true, a Rajinikanth movie did not need anything but just him and fans came in droves to watch it. All the inadequacies in a movie could be masked by the charisma and persona of the larger-than-life star or simply put, he could pull another blockbuster in his next film.

Politics is unlike movies; the leader is liable not just for his actions but also for the actions of the most marginal party worker. It is just not enough for the leader alone to be capable and honest, the leader should not only have the ability to cascade this very appeal that he exhibits to the people of the state, but also demand the same from every individual in his party. That no doubt is a tough ask.

There are rumours that the superstar is planning to launch his party very soon, although, the man himself has not confirmed anything yet. Rajinikanth said in his address to his fans that he was wary of crocodiles in the water, which meant that he sure would test the waters before making the final leap.

While the common man on the street is busy debating the impact of his foray into politics, and whether he would eventually end up being the Chief Minister of the state or not, Rajinikanth is back to what he does best, shooting for his next venture titled "Kaala".

The debate of his "suspected" political entry is scorching the media, for everything and anything attributed to him sells. The fringe parties know this very well, and make themselves known to the unknown talking about him while also delivering bytes for the media which sells them for profits.

The social media is abuzz as well, debating and trolling everything connected to Rajinikanth. The general perception is that it is not going to be a cake walk and perhaps that is why the great man decided to test waters after such a long and arduous wait.

Rajinikanth hardly speaks and never retorts, even if his detractors try to take him apart, but if and when he decides to enter the political arena, he would have to transform himself. He will have to announce as well as denounce on a regular basis. In a state, where the natural transition has been easiest from cinema to politics, Rajinikanth looks like taking the course that is customarily taken. While there are case studies available in Tamil Nadu politics like like Anna, Karunanidhi, MGR, Jayalalithaa; there are also glaring examples of failure in the likes of Shivaji Ganeshan and Vijayakanth.

Which way would the tide turnfor Rajinikanth, only time will tell. One thought to the so called skeptics of him, so far he has never played to the gallery off screen and if and when he decides to do that and calls out to his hordes of fans, the scenario would play differently, and enough to unnerve the most seasoned politicians. Rajinikanth just said, "Prepare for the war," and the whole state went berserk, just imagine what would happen when he decides to enter the war..

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