Mumbai: Megastar Rajinikanth addressed fans in Chennai Monday morning to thank them for their support and clear the air about his role in Indian politics.
Refuting rumours about entering the political field, Rajini, while addressing a large gathering clarified that he doesn’t intend to join politics. He said that political parties often seek vote bank by using his name but he doesn't support anyone from the field of politics.
The 66-year-old star described his brief stint in politics two decades ago as a "political accident".
In 1996, during Tamil Nadu assembly election campaign, Rajinikanth denounced J. Jayalalithaa and her politics. His strong remarks caused her defeat.
"I did a mistake by supporting a political alliance 21 years ago. It was a political accident. Since then, politicians have misused my name on several occasions. But I have to clarify, I'm not joining any party," he added.
Thalaiva, who has an ocean of fan following, also silenced his critics who believe that he makes headlines just ahead of the release of his films to garner publicity. He said that he is fortunate to be blessed by the love of his fans and hence he feels no need to seek attention by creating controversies.
Adding that at this moment, he is an actor and will act in films. Tomorrow, if he is given another task, he will do it honestly. He also said that he would keep wrong people away from him.
Addressing the large gathering of his fans, Rajinikanth requested them to refrain from smoking and drinking.
"Take care of your family and children. Don't waste your life by smoking and drinking. Drinking and smoking not only affects your health but also your decision making ability. I have been affected enough so please take my advice seriously," he added.
Rajinikanth also confirmed he will commence shooting for his next yet-untitled Tamil project with director Pa. Ranjith from May 28 onwards.
The legendary actor also said that he stands by his decision to cancel his tour to Sri Lanka. He said that only after making a decision, one learns of the consequences. And if one foresees trouble, the best thing to do would be to avoid it.
(With IANS inputs)