Stars add glamour quotient to TN polls
It will not be an exaggeration to say that cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu are inseparable as the Tamil film industry has given five Chief Ministers to the state.
For the April 24 Lok Sabha polls, the 'Dravidian' state was witnessing a battle royale between J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK, M Karunanidhi's DMK and the NDA of which Vijayakanth's DMDK -- all of them owe their fame to the silver screen.
Adding spice in the run-up to the elections are film stars because it was generally felt here that election campaign needs that extra bit of glamour to attract the crowds and woo the voters. However, unlike in the previous elections, the campaign for this year's polls saw the second rung actors and actresses taking the podium.
The biggies in Kollywood chose to keep a low profile, said BJP's Prime Ministerial Candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's calling on Tamil Superstar Rajnikanth at the latter's house and another popular actor Vijay meeting him at Coimbatore. MORE
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.... Ms Jayalalithaa also urged the voters to keep the future of the India in mind, go to the polling booths early and cast their votes to make the state of Tamil Nadu proud.
Thanking the voters for turning up in huge numbers during her campaign trail, Ms Jayalaithaa reiterated that she had totally devoted her life to the welfare of the people.
"I don't have a life of my own. Your progress is my happiness. Your growth is my satisfaction", she said, adding, during her tenures she had been working for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden, ensuring social justice and the protecting the interests of the minorities, farmers and labourers.
She also castigated the Congress, BJP and the DMK, which have been part of the Central Government for so many years, for betraying the interests of the State on several issues, including the Cauvery water issue.
The influence of Kollywood seems to be minimal as both Rajnikanth and Vijay asserted that no politics was discussed during their meetings with Mr Modi.
However, Rajnikanth said "Modi is a good administrator and a strong leader. I pray all his dreams come true".
The ruling AIADMK roped in an assortment of film and television personalities, who toured the state and addressed rallies in support of the party.
The long list included Senthil, Gundu Kalyanam, Anandharaj, Singamuthu, R V Uthayakumar, Ramarajan, Vindhya, 'Vennira Aadai' Nirmala, Kuyili, Thyagu, Fathima Babu and Ajay Rathnam among others.
Less in content and more of noise, they did manage to draw crowds at various places.
Popular actor and MLA Sarathkumar, who heads the All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi, campaigned for the AIADMK.
Not far behind was the DMK. The party that surprised one and all by getting ace comedian Vadivelu in its camp in the last Assembly polls, had the star content in the form of Kushboo, Vaagai Chandrasekhar, Vasu Vikram and Kumarimuthu to woo the voters.
(Posted on 22-04-2014)