‘Fan-dom one thing, loyalty to parties another’
By K Ezhilarasan | Express News Service | Published: 20th November 2017 03:36 AM |
CUDDALORE: Over 95 per cent of the people in Market Colony, where every man is a fan of a film actor, are not in favour of film stars entering politics. “Fans clubs and political parties are different. We are already supporting parties and also hold posts in fans clubs. Even if our favourite actor enters politics, we would continue our support to the political parties with which we are associated now,” said Kuppuraj, district president of Karti Fans’ Club. Many other club functionaries also expressed the same view.
However, the town secretary of Dhanush Fans’ Club, Manivannan had a different view. “If Rajinikanth floats a new party, I hope Dhanush will be its youth-wing secretary. Then along with Rajini’s fan club, we may enter politics.”
But politics has not spared the fans who would like to remain dedicated to their film icons alone as it happened to Surya fans in Market Colony. Everything was smooth until the release of movie Singam seven years ago. A functionary of Surya Fans’ Club, on the condition of anonymity said, “Singam is widely associated with a particular community. Fans belonging to that community erected banners with big images of lions. Others were dejected and a crack developed among the fans, which still persists.”
Another fan of Surya said “Surya acted in three movies in Singam series. Many fans never used the image of lion in their banners but those belonging to a community used lions. So, in order to pacify the fans, the headquarters of Surya Fans’ Club has been contemplating to divide the district’s fan club into two and appoint functionaries from all communities.”