In the ongoing tussle between the two groups ahead of the elections for the officer bearers of the South Indian Film Artists Association, or Nadigar Sangam, The News Minute has learned from reliable sources that superstar Rajinikanth too attempted to mediate between the two groups recently. Ahead of the October 18 polls, apparently Rajini reached out to the Nasser camp though his son-in-law and actor Dhanush for a consensus, but in vain.
Sources close to the Pandavar Ani camp have told TNM that on October 6th, Dhanush spoke to a senior member of the team, stating that he was asked by Rajinikanth to try and broker peace between the two groups. This was however rejected by their team, and Dhanush was told in no uncertain terms that they want to go ahead with the elections as planned, and that members must be allowed to choose who their representatives are.
Rajini had earlier met both the teams separately. While Vishal, Nasser and others met him at his residence last week, Sarath Kumar too met him later. Both sides claimed during informal conversations that Rajinikanth was on their side, but sources say that in reality Rajinikanth was not taking any sides.
The outreach to the Pandavar Ani camp from Sarath Kumar camp through producers, directors and even stalwarts like Rajini seems to have been a result of their realization that they could lose badly in the elections. The compromise formula included dropping Radharavi, member of the Sarath camp, from the executive committee.
Meanwhile, rumours were also being spread in hushed tones that there would be a compromise between the two sides. To dispel them, the Pandavar camp is on an overdrive trying to communicate to all members that there has been no compromise and that elections will happen.
Sources are also trying to tell us that Sarathâ€™s camp is engaged in strategies to either stop or get the elections postponed.