What do film maker Kamal Haasan and politician and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have in common?
"They both believe nation is above anything else," replies an AAP source promptly.
Political circles in Tamil Nadu are abuzz with speculation as the AAP chief is all set to meet the actor on Thursday at the latter's residence in Chennai.
Kejriwal is flying to Chennai and will be in the city for just a few hours. The only meeting scheduled during this whirlwind visit to the city is with the Ulaganayagan, who has been hinting at a political entry for quite sometime now.
Kamal Haasan in a recent interview to The Quint had spoken about forming a political party and said â€śYes, I am thinking on those lines, not out of choice but compulsion. Which existent political party can provide me with a platform or an ideology that will match my reformatory goals in politics?â€ť he said.
So will the actor join AAP? "That seems farfetched now. But there will be synergy. We are hoping for a positive announcement. Arvind is going to Chennai only for this meeting, so they do have some plans," said the source.
Another source added that the two have been in touch over the past few days. "Kamal Haasan had met Arvind in September 2015 at the Delhi secretariat. They had then spoken about the film industry and ease of doing business, but they have been in touch. This is a crucial time in TN politics and time for us to act," said the source.
Earlier, Kamal had distanced himself from being affiliated with any party. â€śA political party is about an ideology. And I donâ€™t think my goals in politics can match the ideology of any political party,â€ť he had said.
The actor had also met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan recently. Emerging after the meeting, Kamal had emphatically told the media that he had many colours, but saffron was not his colour. He has praised Pinarayi Vijayan and the Kerala model of governance.
Many political analysts in TN perceive Kamal Haasan's sudden enthusiasm to dabble in politics as his ploy to checkmate Rajinikanth, who has been hinting at a political entry for far too long.
Taking aggressive stands against corruption, Kamal Haasan has spoken against both the big Dravidian parties, especially the AIADMK. So would having a synergy with a party like AAP that began on the basis of an anti-corruption movement work in Kamal Haasan's favour?