27 February, 2021

A Secret Ballot At The Box Office

The success of Rajnikanth’s latest film, Kaala, will be vital for his political ambitions

His Only Weapon
Rajnikanth gives a rousing speech in Kaala
A Secret Ballot At The Box Office
outlookindia.com
2018-06-11T13:29:26+05:30

“Our bodies are our only weapons. Gather everyone, we will agitate.”

—Rajnikanth as Kaala in the movie’s trailer

“Protests after protests will only reduce Tamil Nadu to a graveyard. Industries and trade will hesitate to invest here. Our youth will not have any jobs.”

—Rajnikanth after visiting those injured in the Thoothukudi police firing.

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A state awaits its hero’s utteran­ces with bated breath—and rec­eives only conflicting signals. Rajnikanth the film hero wants his people to agitate, but his pol­itical avatar warns them not to protest too much. “Which Rajni do I follow?” is a real doubt that has racked the minds of his millions of fans.

Though his larger-than-life personality and heroism on screen have been shaped by the ‘punch’ lines he delivers in his films, Rajnikanth had always advised his fans to stay grounded. “What I do in movies...

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