Rajinikanth starrer Kaala: As part of the Dharavi set, Ramalingam had to recreate Dhobi Ghat, a UNESCO certified heritage site. The place is a source of inspiration for any artist states Ramalingam.
Superstar Rajinikanth on Wednesday made an appeal to the Tamil Nadu government to remove the 30% local body tax levied in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as nearly 1,000 cinema halls remain shut in the state due to the stand-off.
The issue has also been raised by veteran actor Kamal Haasan who hit out at the state government for not backing the "already beleaguered" film industry. "Neighbouring states like Kerala have totally desisted from levying anymore state tax on cinema over and above GST.... Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well-being of the film industry. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are also doing their best for their film industries. It is only the Tamil Nadu government that has brought it (entertainment tax) to 30%," the actor had said in a statement.
A week ago, Rajinikanth had hinted at entering politics and asked his fans to "be ready for war". On Monday, after members of Tamilar Munnetra Padai, a fringe political outfit, led by its leader Veeralakshmi burned effigies of the actor near his Chennai residence, the superstar's fans staged a protest at the Periyar bus terminal in Madurai. They set an effigy of Veeralakshmi ablaze and said it should serve as a warning.
In Chennai, security outside Rajinikanth's Poes Garden residence was tightened, after Veeralakshmi and her workers staged a protest one km away, against his decision to take the political plunge.
While there is speculation that Rajinikanth may join the BJP, and help the party take off in Tamil Nadu, a source close to the actor on Friday denied that he will join the saffron party if he decides to enter the political arena, and said the filmstar has “clear directions from Delhi”.
Stating that the actor is preparing the ground to start a new organisation and he “has political plans”, the source said, “He has not told us whether it would be a political party or a political organisation.”