Films and politics are interrelated and now with the increased number of actors and actresses taking plunge into politics, discussion started as to whether film stars are flop stars or super stars in politics.
Actor Prakash Raj's controversial comments that film stars entering politics will be a disaster for the country triggered huge backlash and he was forced to clarify on his statement. But one cannot generalise anything and there were many like NTR, MGR, Jayalalithaa who showed their power in politics by ruling their respective states and becoming a force to reckon with in the national politics after attaining superstardom on silver screen.
However many left with out a trace and they include Big B Amitabh Bachchan, Mega Star Chiranjeevi to name a few. Now Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Pawan Kalyan are raring to test their luck in the upcoming elections.
Jayasudha says “We actors also feel the social responsibility and many actors like NTR, MGR and Jayalalithaa have proved that actors can also become chief ministers. So, I welcome Kamal Haasan and I want Rajinikanth to enter politics too,” She adds “Kamal Haasan is a very bold person and he always speaks from his heart. Many actors who reach the top position in their career want to serve the people and Kamal Haasan is also one of them. He is very knowledgeable and I am proud of the way he is announcing his political entry and doing something for the society.”
K.Nageshwar, political analyst says “The problem with the stars is that they are very big when it comes to the film industry, and even in politics they aim very big and want to become a chief minister. They don’t want to end up being second or third-level political leaders. That could be the reason they are testing waters now and aren’t in a hurry to take the plunge.”
Nageshwar analysing the success and failures, say “There was no strong opposition to the Congress at that time and elections were around the corner. NTR announced and floated the party immediately. The same situation was there in Tamil Nadu at the time of MGR. But the present day situation is different as there is still time for elections and many other parties exist,”
Another political analyst Karri Sriram shares “Film actors should realise that films and politics are completely different. Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have struggled a lot in their film career and it takes years to reach to the top position. If they enter politics, they should have to work hard and it requires the same struggle. Many actors feel that they can do wonders because of their fan bases, but that is not the case! We already have the example of Chiranjeevi here; he completely failed despite a huge fan base.”
He adds “They can’t delay or dilly-dally. For example, Kamal Haasan should announce the party, its agenda and manifesto immediately if he wants to prepare for the coming elections,” and continues “They can’t delay or dilly-dally. For example, Kamal Haasan should announce the party, its agenda and manifesto immediately if he wants to prepare for the coming elections,”