Superstar Rajinikanth joining politics this idea in Tamil Nadu is in thrall, a possibility that "Thalaiva" says depends on "God's will." Now, in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, similar fever is being generated by Telugu "Power Star" Pawan Kalyan who has said he's likely to run for parliament in 2019 from the Anantpur district.
In the past more than once said by the Pawan Kalyan that he would quit acting if it does not leave him enough time to be a politician of full-time.
Director Trivikram Srinivas' film is in talks, which is shooting as for now, for the Power Star could be the last at least till the general election is held in 2019.
But no official announcement or confirmation is there. Pawan Kalyan closest sources to him said that the next five months, he will be busy shooting the film, with an occasional political tour and a more determinedly political presence on social media.
Before the last election, the Pawan Kalyan was wooed by both Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose parties allied in Andhra Pradesh. The hero popular chose to launch his outfit Jana Sena in the year 2014, but then campaigned for the BJP-TDP combine before the assembly and parliament elections that were held jointly in Andhra Pradesh. Pawan Kalyan himself did not contest.
His fan following and caste said by analysts - Kapu, which accounts for 27 per cent of the population in the state - had a decisive impact on the TDP-BJP combine emerging victorious. He remained relevant politically through rural areas and social media of tours, often taking a stand antagonistic to the state government like on its acquisition of farmland for developing the state's new capital of Amravati.
Elder brother of Pawan Kalyan, megastar Chiranjeevi, has kept himself away from the films to get involved in the active politics. In August 2008, he launched his Praja Rajya but subsequently merged his party with the Congress. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had blamed Chiranjeevi's PRP for his defeat in 2009. Chiranjeevi, who is now a Congress MP, released his 150th film, Khaidi No 150, in January this year.
The politician observer Pawan Kalyan said in an announcement of the parliament in the year 2019 was triggered partly by snide comments made a week ago about part-time politicians made by the Chief Minister's son, Nara Lokesh, who is also a minister.
Hope the action drama fans of Pawan Kalyan wanted that he is is working on currently will not be his last, there are others who are hoping his political debut will make a bigger and more lasting splash. He could even emerge as the Chief Ministerial candidate for a BJP-led front in Andhra Pradesh, sources say.