‘Kaala’ is the latest movie of actor turned politician Rajinikanth. Till his last film, ‘Kabali’, Rajinikanth was a superstar, now he is also a political figure as well. On the other hand, Kamal Haasan who has also launched his political wing hosts the popular TV show Bigg Boss in Tamil. These two are one of a kind, as there acting and political careers are simultaneously moving unlike most of the others. Let’s see how these two differ from the others.
M G Ramachandran
Many people think that M G Ramachandran was an actor turned politician. But in his career, he was first a politician, and then an actor. Before coming to films he was associated with the Congress party. He used to act in the films but was more of a beginner in his early years. His association with the Congress party broke with CN Annadurai starting the anti-Hindi agitation, and he joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). As his films rocked the box office one after the other his popularity grew. After he was ousted from the DMK, he formed his party Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). He continued with films until he became the CM in 1977. His last released film was Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan in 1978.
J. Jayalalitha lest the film career in 1977 with her last movie ‘Unnai Suttrum Ulagam’. She then joined AIADMK in 1982 and started her political career with MGR. She was very active in politics and her speeches were very well received by the public. After seven years of leaving the film fraternity and entry into politics, she went on to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Before her demise in 2016, she held the CM office six times.
Karunanidhi was 14 when he associated himself with social movements and entered into Justice party founded by Alagiriswamy. At the age of 20 he worked with Jupiter theater and in 1947 his debut film ‘Rajakumari’ was released which gained him popularity. But he was more appreciated for the scriptwriting. Further, he wrote scripts for many screenplays. ‘Parasakathi’ which came in 1952 was his ideas of Dravidian movement, which he tried to propagate through the film.
Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth
Kamal Haasan is still an actor who launched his political outfit Makkal Neethi Maiam. His entry into politics comes only after the jallikattu protest. He was very vocal about his views on jallikattu, and thereafter continued to express his opinion on issues like Nilavembu and communalism. On the other hand, Rajinikanth started expressing his opinion almost at the same time. He was also visited by Prime Minister Modi in 2014. BJP tried to woo him for a long time. But he clarified earlier this year and denied of going with the BJP.
While Kamal Haasan has seven films scheduled to be released this year, Rajinikanth has ‘2.0’ to be released in December. MGR was an established politician when he became the superstar. Jayalalitha had seven years of political struggle before becoming the CM. The two actors if succeed will prove an exception to the trend.