Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma hopes that Telugu film actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan contests all seats in Andhra Pradesh like superstar Rajinikanth is doing in Tamil Nadu.
Taking to Twitter, RGV, as the filmmaker is popularly known as, tweeted, "I wish Pawan Kalyan will contest all seats in Andhra Pradesh like Rajinikanth (is) doing in Tamil Nadu.
"If he doesn't do, Pawan Kalyan's fans will feel he doesn't have guts like Rajinikanth. It will be an insult to Telugu people's prestige if our superstar has lesser guts than the superstar of Tamil people.
"If Pawan Kalyan doesn't with guts contest in each and every seat of Andhra Pradesh, both his fans and all Telugu people will feel he's just a very ordinary star and not a superstar like Rajinikanth of the Tamil people."
Rajinikanth on December 31, announced his plans for a political career. He will float a new party that will pursue "spiritual politics" and vowed to contest the next Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.
On the other hand, Pawan Kalyan announced that he will contest the Andhra Pradesh assembly elections in 2019 in November last year.
Pawan said his party's first office would come up in Anantapur.
A month prior to that, Pawan, who was a voter in Hyderabad, had asked his aides to take necessary steps to transfer his name to the voters' list in Eluru town in West Godavari district.
In May last year, he said that he was ready to quit accepting new acting offers, so he could focus on politics.
The actor had floated Jana Sena on the eve of 2014 elections but campaigned for the BJP-TDP alliance.
Pawan, who had shared dais with the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, distanced himself from the organisation after the BJP-led NDA government denied Andhra Pradesh special category status.
The actor had since been targeting both the parties for going back on their poll promises.