Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan: Different styles, different ideologies

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Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan: Different styles, different ideologies

Radically opposite approaches have marked Rajini and Kamal Haasan’s first six months in politics

Almost six months into 2018, it would be fair to say that actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have made noticeable strides in Tamil politics, stealing the thunder from established political parties.

What unites them is the fact that they are both matinee idols, who seem to be relying on popularity acquired from cinema to catapult them into political State power.

However, the two actors seem to have significant differences when one looks at their stated ideological beliefs and their moves to building party infrastructure ahead of elections.

 Centrist critique

Since the launch of the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in February 2018, its founder Kamal Haasan has stated that he will pursue a ‘centrist’ approach — invoking ideas of French President Emmanuel Macron— and secularism. For almost a year before the launch , the actor had consistently been critical of the State government on social media, mainstream media and reality television show, Bigg Boss, which he anchored.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from a The Hindu.)

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