Chennai: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth said he previously no need to joins politics, however, if he did, he would show the doorway to all “money-minded” people.
The actor said he had no political aspiration but was often pulled into political arguments despite stressing that he was “neither an influential political leader nor a social activist.”
“My life is in the hands of God. I’m not sure what he has in store for me. But I’ll always perform the duty that he bestows on me. So, don’t feel disappointed if I don’t enter politics,” he told fans at a gathering days back.
However, if he did join politics, he would make certain that there would be no place for those seeking material gain.
“Money-minded people will be shunned. So, I warn you now itself to stay away,” he said.
In 1996, the 66-year-old star had supported the DMK-TMC alliance in Tamil Nadu, which swept back the polls that year. But he’s not been taking part in any political activity since that time, he said.
“(But) my name has been dragged into politics for the past two decades. I am pushed to clarify during every election that I’m not affiliated with any political party,” he said.
Rajinikanth regretted for which he was not able to see fans as regularly as he desired to.
“I was supposed to meet you all two months ago but had to postpone it to accommodate more fans. So, I cancelled the previous meet-and-greet session. Later, I was supposed to go to Sri Lanka for an event. Again I had to cancel it for various reasons. A lot of media reports followed saying, ‘Rajinikanth doesn’t stick to his decision. He is apprehensive’ and so on.”
He said he thought “wisely” before he took a choice.
“If you step into the water and later realise that there are crocodiles in it, you shouldn’t brave them and refuse to step out of the water. Such blind courage will take you nowhere,” he said.
He shrugged off accusations which he did “certain stunts” before a film’s launch to make sure its success in the box office.
“With the blessings of my fans and Tamils intact, I don’t need to do that. My fans are not fools to be deceived by this. A film will succeed only if it is good. Even if you do somersaults, bad content will flunk,” he said.
The actor also gave some advice to his fans. He asked them to not touch alcohol and cigarettes.
“Please take care of your families and children. Give up drinking and smoking. Even wealthy people in business have lost their empires because of alcohol addiction, which not only spoils one’s physical health but mental well-being, too.”
“It will diminish your decision-making skills and your crucial decisions in life will eventually go wrong,” he warned.