Vijay joins the list of actors-turned-politicians in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu, a state known for its affinity towards cinema and politics, has witnessed many actors making their entry into the political arena. The late veterans M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, who ruled the state for decades, are the most prominent examples of this trend. Other actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, and Sarath Kumar have also launched their own political parties in recent years.
The latest addition to this list is Vijay, one of the most popular and highest-paid actors in Kollywood. On Friday, February 2, 2024, Vijay announced that he has launched a new political party named Tamizhaga Vetri Kazhagam (Tamil Nadu Victory Party) and that he will contest in the 2026 State Assembly elections. He said that politics was not yet another vocation but “holy public service” and that he will fully involve himself in politics once his film commitments are completed.
Vijay’s political aspirations and challenges
Vijay, who is fondly called as Thalapathy (Commander) by his fans, has a huge fan base across the state and beyond. He has acted in more than 60 films, many of which have been blockbusters at the box office. His films often have social and political themes, such as corruption, education, health, and farmers’ issues. He has also faced controversies and criticism from some political parties for his dialogues and scenes that were seen as critical of the government or the ruling party.
Vijay’s political plunge has been speculated for a long time, especially after his meeting with Rajinikanth in December 2020, which sparked rumours of a possible alliance between them. However, Vijay clarified that his party will not contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, nor will it support anyone. He said that he has decided to launch his party in the recently held General Council and Executive Council meetings of his fan clubs.
Vijay will have to face several challenges in his political journey, such as building a strong organizational structure, attracting allies and supporters, and carving a niche for himself in the crowded political landscape of Tamil Nadu. He will also have to deal with the expectations and aspirations of his fans, who have been eagerly waiting for his political debut.
Vijay’s fans celebrate his political announcement
Vijay’s announcement of his new political party prompted spontaneous celebrations from his fans, who burst crackers, distributed sweets, and raised slogans in his support. Many of them took to social media to express their happiness and excitement over his decision. They also praised his party’s name and logo, which features a lion and the colours of the Tamil Nadu flag.
Vijay’s fans also expressed their confidence that he will be able to bring a positive change in the state and the country with his leadership and vision. They said that they will stand by him and work for his party’s success in the 2026 elections. They also hoped that he will continue to entertain them with his films and songs.