Rajinikanth shuts doors to politics
Months after opting out of politics citing health worries, superstar Rajinikanth today stressed that he did not plan to change his mind and dissolved his outfit Rajini Makkal Mandram, effectively closing that chapter.
"I have no plans of entering politics in future," said Rajinikanth, 70, after meeting with members of his forum one last time.
The Rajini Makkal Mandram or people's forum, launched in 2018, will be dissolved and will morph into "Rajinikanth Rasigar Narpani Mandram" or the Rajinikanth Fans Welfare Forum. The star known to legions of fans as the "Thalaivar", will be a full-time actor.
The forum was seen as a precursor to the actor's political debut after almost 30 years of "Will he, won't he?" speculation.
Going into the meeting this morning, Rajinikanth had told reporters that several lingering questions on the future of his forum and his political entry would be discussed.
"There is a question of if I am coming to politics or not in the future. I will discuss all these and share with you," he told reporters, appearing to hint at a rethink.
"I could not meet functionaries earlier because of Covid, polls and the shoot and a medical check-up in the US."