It looks like the much-awaited new political entrants - Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth - will have to further delay their electoral ambitions as movie projects have knocked on their doors.
Last week, Sun Pictures had announced that Karthik Subbarajâ€™s untitled project with Rajinikanth will also have Simran and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Interestingly, it was also soon speculated that Rajinikanth will do two movies before taking up full-time politics and that he will give the 2019 Parliamentary elections a miss, and instead focus on Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2022.
#Superstar @rajinikanth to do two more movies before he takes full-time plunge into politics..
Will be skipping next year's parliamentary elections and instead focus on TN Assembly elections..â€” Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) July 22, 2018
Though one of the projects is the one with Karthik Subbaraj, sources say that the actor is in talks with two other directors and may agree for a second project too.
It's not only Rajinikanth who has new projects in the pipeline. His counterpart and fellow actor Kamal Hassan will start shooting for two films, Indian 2 and Sabash Naidu, after completing the television reality show Bigg Boss 2, in September. The actorâ€™s Vishwaroopam 2 is slated for release on August 10.
Incidentally, both the actors had forayed into politics after much deliberation. Although Kamal Haasan had vowed to give up movies should his political portfolio demand his full and undivided attention, Rajinikanth has not made such commitments yet.
In an interview to news channel India Today at Harvard University in February, Kamal had declared that except for the two films that are coming out, there will be no more films for him.
However, according to Kamal Haasan's office, â€śKamal Haasan is doing movies for his livelihood. But he has stressed that he will give up movies when politics demands a full-time commitment from him.â€ť
While Kamal had launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in February, Rajnikanth is yet to float his party.
Now, it remains to be seen what plans the actors have chalked out for their alternate career in politics, if any. And when they would become full-time politicians.