Alliance with Rajinikanth unlikely if his colour is saffron: Kamal Haasan

Hope Rajinikanth’s colour is not saffron,’ says Kamal Haasan on allying with him

CHENNAI Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan, who identifies as a "rationalist", has ruled out an alliance with his colleague Rajinikanth if the colour of latter's politics turns out to be saffron.

"I hope Rajini's colour is not saffron". But, he quickly referred to the stark differences between them - on religion and on "saffron", which was interpreted as Rajinikanth's inclination towards the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). "My films were different from my peers and I want to be different in politics too", he said. "If it is going to be saffron, I can't see a clear understanding (between us), unless he gives some other explanation that convinces my rational mind".

This came even as the actor launched his much-awaited website naalainamadhe.maiam.com, which talks about building a new sustainable model village. And now, they said, Kamal has clarified his stand, leaving no doubts.

Rajinikanth's response to similar queries has always been "only time will tell". "Our general intent may be for the good of people, but I believe in a certain way in which good will have to reach the people", the actor said.

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Kamal also sent out a political statement by appearing before the audience in Cambridge, where the temperature was a freezing 7°C, in the traditional dhoti and began his speech in his mother tongue by welcoming everyone with Vanakkam.

Vijayakanth, who made his political entry 13 years ago in 2005, made a dent to the electoral situation in the state at the time, winning 10 percent of the vote share and wrestling votes away from both the traditional Dravidian parties, the DMK and the AIADMK. He is also likely to reveal the name of his party on the same day.

Recent months have witnessed the confirmation of political debut of two popular Tamil Nadu actors, superstar Rajinikanth and renowned actor Kamal Haasan. Vijayakanth went on to become the Leader of the Opposition in the state legislative assembly between 2011 and 2016.

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