Rajinikanth, the Kollywood "Superstar" who churned out blockbuster after blockbuster in a storied career that has spanned decades, says he has lived a "prison-like" life.
Now, this veteran of the Tamil film industry has a new role. Like his longtime friend and colleague Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth is now a politician. And before he embarks on the rest of that journey, he's taking a spiritual tour of north India, far away from the tumultuous world of Tamil Nadu politics.
"This journey is like spiritual charging, Ive been coming...(since) 1995," Rajinikanth said in an exclusive interview to India Today, at the Dayanand Saraswati Ashram in Rishikesh. He added, however, that he hadn't been able to come for the past few years.
He explained that he simply wanted to unwind, be with the Ganges, meditate, and accompany "good people, not politicians." In short, a life of peaceful solitude.
"I used to have a private...life, now I dont have that," the actor explained. "...I have no freedom. I miss my normal life terribly. Its a prison-like life I'm leading."
But that's the cost celebrities pay, he said.
This journey is like spiritual charging.
'NO POLITICAL STATEMENT NOW'
Rajinikanth earlier told reporters that he hadn't yet become a full-time politician. "I have not even announced the party's name. Hence, I do not wish to make any political statement right now," he said.
He may be unwilling to comment on politics now, but he's certainly ready for the battle ahead.
In his interview to India Today, the superstar expressed confidence that his life in politics would go well.
"God gave me an actor's role, I have done that well. God gave me now a political role, and I am 100 per cent sure I will perform that well."
(Inputs from Pooja Shali)
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