Ever since Superstar Rajinikanth announced his political entry, there was widespread from his fans and an equal criticism from some Tamil film celebrities who questioned his regional identity. As Rajinikanth hails Maharastra who was raised in Karnataka, several Tamil film celebrities like Sharath Kumar and director Bharati Raja have openly opposed his entry into politics.
Director Bharati Raja who directed several cult-classics in Tamil took a dig at Rajinikanth saying what would he do by entering into the politics at the late age. He even accused actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth dared to take a plunge into politics only after the death of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi in his last years.
Interestingly, neither MGR, Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa who ruled the Tamil politics for decades were not Tamils.