On Wednesday, March 14th, actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan interacted with his supporters during an event to celebrate the fourth anniversary of his party Jana Sena. At the event, the star opened up about his political journey. Speaking about his decision to enter politics, the Power Star said that his decision to plunge into politics is to serve the people of his country. He also made it clear that he is an Indian before anything else.
“I am an Indian first and an Indian last. My country calls me to serve and I will serve. The nation needs committed individuals to come to the fore. Instead of asking others to do it, I decided to walk that path myself. My political journey is a lifelong journey. I did not enter politics to grab political opportunity but to serve society and guard the public’s interest. I am a man for the people, of the people and by the people,” he said.
His statement comes at a time when the political plunge into state politics by Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan is a raging topic of discussion in Southern India. In November 2016, Pawan Kalyan announced that Jana Sena, the party founded by him, will contest in the 2019 general elections. On a related note, PK had earlier said that his fans made him a star and he will try to repay them through his political journey.
“I’ve always wanted to do something good and give back to the society. I believe I’m able to achieve that through cinema and politics. When I started my career, I told my family I’d do 10-12 films. Post Kushi, I thought of doing five more films and calling it quits because I wanted to serve our nation. But, the love of my fans has made me do 25 films,” he had said.
Controversies have started floating since Tamil superstar Rajinikanth announced his political plunge in Tamil Nadu politics. The megastar on Tuesday had said that he has still not become a full-time politician. "Still I have not become a full-time politician. I have not announced my party. I don't want to talk anything about politics (now)," he told reporters. Critics were quick to question whether Tamil Nadu should be voting for a ‘part-time neta’.
His political competitor and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Monday had said that Rajini has kept mum on various matters and it was wrong. "This is not the only issue on which Rajanikanth has not expressed his opinion. But there are several other issues also and it is not right to point only to one issue," the Makkal Needhi Maiam founder told reporters.
On the work front, Pawan Kalyan was last seen in Trivikram Srinivas’ Agnyaathavaasi which tanked miserably at the box-office.