Vijay hints at political entry during Sarkar's audio launch
Refuting rumours that he plays a chief minister in Sarkar, the actor, however, said that if given an opportunity to head the state, he would try to eliminate corruption first
The audio launch of AR Murugadoss and Vijay's Sarkar was launched amid much fanfare on Tuesday in Chennai. During the event, as expected, it was actor Vijay's fiery speech that got the maximum cheers from the audience.
The Thuppakki actor began his speech, which has since gone viral on social media, by thanking the star of the evening, composer AR Rahman, for agreeing to be a part of the film. "You, being a part of Sarkar is the equivalent of the film winning an Oscar," he said. Heaping praises on his three-time collaborator Murugadoss, Vijay said that the filmmaker has delivered a brilliant political film in Sarkar. He also took the opportunity to praise his co-stars Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi.
However, it was Vijay's statements about politics that received particular attention. "Usually, a party is formed, then they win the elections and finally form sarkar (government). But we have first made Sarkar and will now contest in the elections," said the actor, who paused for a beat and then asked the audience to vote for the film if they liked it. Though said in jest, this was the statement that sent the audience into raptures and opened a Pandora's box of questions about his political entry.
Refuting rumours that he plays a chief minister in Sarkar, the actor, however, said that if given an opportunity to head the state, he would try to eliminate corruption first. In what seemed like a dig at the current political scenario, Vijay said, "Corruption can only be eliminated if the ones in power and important positions are clean and incorruptible." Talking about how only strong leaders inspire strong followers, he said, "It was Mahatma Gandhi-led Congress which could have followers like Jawaharlal Nehru, K Kamaraj, Sardar Patel and Rajaji." However, he was quick to add that he was by no means belittling the present Congress party.
Vijay ended his speech by explaining why he couldn't sing a song in the album and thanked his scores of fans for attending the event. Sarkar, bankrolled by Kalanithi Maran's Sun Pictures, is all set for a Diwali release.