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Kamal hints of an alliance with Rajini

Wednesday,01 Aug 2018

Before he launched his party Makkal Needhi Maiam earlier this year, Kamal Haasan, 63 had a "secret" meeting with Tamil cinema's other mega star and politician-in-waiting, Rajinikanth, 67. At this meeting, they decided to "maintain dignity" if they politically find themselves in opposite camps. But if they end up on the same side, wouldn't they be unbeatable, like fictional superhero group, Avengers?, reports NDTV

"That is an easy epiphany but it has to happen... Yes, if we do come together, it can happen," Kamal Haasan told NDTV in an exclusive interview. "We will have to work carefully on that."

But he pointed that the two of them hadn't really worked together in many movies as a conscious decision.

The two superstars, contemporaries in Tamil cinema and now politics, have shared screen space in some iconic films, mostly in the 1970s, often with Kamal Haasan playing the straight-laced hero and Rajinikanth the stylish villain with shades of grey.

But the Tamil film industry's highest-paid actors stopped when they realised that they could both earn a lot more money if the producer didn't have to pay two stars, but only one, NDTV reported.

Their last film together was the Hindi movie "Geraftaar" in 1985, also starring Amitabh Bachchan.

Last year, Kamal Haasan told reporters that they could act together. But he pointed that their joint appearance would push up the film's costs so much that it would become a very risky proposition. "...who could afford us?" he had then asked.

"There might be similar reasons in politics too. We don't know," Kamal Haasan told NDTV, without elaborating on the reasons.

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