Tamil film superstar Rajini Kanth on Friday taunted the BJP by telling it, “Catch Me If You Can”, a line made famous by world boxing champion Mohammed Ali and thrown at opponents in the ring.
Rajini made this comment while talking about what he called “a silly controversy” over BJP’s attempt to saffronise Tamil savant Thiruvallavur.
He said Thiruvalluvar was a theist and a Hindu and, like all saints, he was above religion. Rajini decried the BJP appropriating Thiruvalluvar as a Hindu saint and the opposition blowing it up . “When there are so many burning issues facing the people, making an issue over Valluvar is silly”.
Replying to a question on the comment of former BJP Minister Pon Radhakrishnan that he should enter politics in support of his party, Rajini said:” They are trying to saffronise me like Thiruvallavur. Just as Thiruvalluvar cannot be netted, I too can’t be caught”.
He reiterated that there was a leadership vacuum in Tamil Nadu, but made it clear that he was in no hurry to enter politics by ruling out his yet to be formed party contesting the yet to be announced local body elections.
Asked about his signing of one new film after another, Rajini said MGR, he too would continue act even if he entered politics. MGR quit films after becoming Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1977, his last film being Madurai Meeta Sundara Pandian.
Asked about burning issues, Rajini admitted economic slowdown was a matter of concern as it affected all sections. But hastened to add that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had taken a slew of measures to revive the economy and hoped it would yield results.