Rajinikanth-Kamal Haasan rivalry continues; first in movies, now in politics


“You’ve given me money and fame, thousand times more than what I asked for. He started playing the leading man with Bairavi in 1978 and the rest, as they say, is history. After doing many movies, Rajinikanth and Kamal decided not to act together in films anymore. It won’t be wrong to say that Kamal blindsided everyone by becoming active in politics. Kamal once suggested that he spotted a rival in Rajinikanth the moment he saw him at the office of legendary director K. The differences between them do not stop there. Before entering the office he said he was from Madras institute. We have to create spiritual politics’Finally, actor Rajinikanth lowered his guard and confirmed that his entry into politics is “definite”; saying it was the “need of the time”. Balachander rechristened Shivaji Rao Gaekwad as Rajinikanth and launched his acting career with Apoorva Raagangal in 1975. Amid growing desperation and anticipation, Rajinikanth announced that he will float his own political party with the promise of fixing the broken system. Kamal became a case study for methodical acting, Rajinikanth showed everyone how to make mass commercial blockbusters. They approached the art of acting in different ways. That person was Rajinikanth,” Kamal recalled the first time he saw Rajinikanth. “Balachander sir liked him and I was worried the good role will go to him.”

The late legendary director had to calm Kamal’s concerns by reminding him that he was the hero of the film and Rajinikanth was just getting a minor role. For some reasons, he did not impress Balachander,” Kamal said speaking at a film event earlier. Now more than ever, people in the state need a stable political party and a leader that they can follow. I was nervous thinking that he didn’t like it and he’s going to scold me. After getting trained at the film institute in Madras (now Chennai), Rajinikanth went to Balachander seeking a chance to act in movies. A person of Pune film institute was also there. Rajinikanth’s political entry played out like a script right out of one of his movies. 2017-12-31T13:14:03+00:00″>
Published: December 31, 2017 1:14 pm

The rivalry between Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth goes on

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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd I don’t have the desire for power also. After I performed before him, he was sort of went into a pensive mood. And now in politics. While the Thalaivar took his own time to take the plunge, Kamal beat him to it. On the last day of his fan meet programme at Raghavendra Mandapam in Chennai, he made the big announcement that will change the dynamics of politics in Tamil Nadu forever. “I came to know that Balachander sir was auditioning actors for his next film. Kamal, who was already a star at the time, was afraid that this novice may bag an interesting role in his mentor Balachander’s next film. “When I met Balachander I told him I didn’t know Tamil. The iconic Rajinikanth-Kamal Haasan rivalry will continue now in the political realm too. Kamal appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the demonetisation but was also quick to criticise him when economic experts suggested it was a failure. When I ran to his office, I heard a few have come from film institutes. It seems like Kamal subconsciously knew right at the moment that Rajinikanth would go on to become his major rival in the film industry. But, I brushed it aside. But, he told me that he will cast me in his next three films and will take me to new heights,” Rajinikanth said. Rajinikanth was quick to praise PM Modi for scrapping the high-value value notes but did not react after it was reported that the government botched up the scheme. There was one person. And he also wasted no time, in announcing his intentions to contest the next state assembly elections. Kamal is a rationalist and Rajinikanth is a hard-core believer in God. Balachander. There was years of build-up to this moment. While the approach of both these stars towards various issues are different, they share a common goal. Film star Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth share a point at Nadigar Sangham meeting. And the political situation in Tamil Nadu is volatile due to the power vacuum left behind by the passing of J Jayalalithaa. Kamal has made it abundantly clear that “saffron is not my” colour. The list of differences between Rajinikanth and Kamal goes on. Kamal even issued an apology for supporting demonetisation without understanding it fully. They also have promised that they won’t fall into the vicious power struggle and engage in dirty politics to stay in the position of power. Kamal and Rajinikanth have promised to deliver a clean and efficient government, if voted to power, with people’s welfare being the priority. Rajinikanth played minor roles, including villains and mostly second fiddle to Kamal, before he began doing solo movies as a lead actor. “I looked through the small window on the door at Balachander sir’s office. So he asked me to perform for him in Kannada. The opportunity came to me in 1996 itself. I asked whether he was also from Pune institute. Rajinikanth has repeatedly demonstrated his liking to the BJP. Express archive photo
Rajinikanth and Kamal went on to become cornerstones of Indian cinema. I was concerned that somebody else may get a good role. The political world, people and the media, however, had to wait more than two decades for the politician Rajinikanth to reveal himself. So I’m not coming to politics for them. “I welcome brother Rajini’s sense of social responsibility and political entry,” wrote Kamal Haasan on Twitter, soon after his junior in the film industry announced his political debut. Interestingly, on Saturday, Rajinikanth shared the other half of the story as to what happened after he entered Balachander’s office. But, they remain close friends off-screen to date. I did not have a desire for power when I was 45, so will I have it when I’m 68?” Rajinikanth said addressing the fans on the last day of the year 2017.