Role of Rajinikanth's Darbar in Tamil star Vijay's encounter with Income Tax officials
While distributors heckle Rajinikanth for Darbar's bad run at the box office, Income Tax officials knock the residence of Tamil star Vijay. Are the two incidents linked?
Tamil star Vijay had been facing I-T heat for the last two days. The production house AGS that bankrolled Vijay's recent film Bigil fell under the Income Tax radar for alleged tax evasion and the officials even recovered over Rs 60 crore from the film's financier. While Vijay has been let off for now to continue with his shooting schedule for his upcoming film Master, the question is whether the raids were a consequence of Rajinikanth's situation in Darbar.
Recent reports suggest that distributors of Darbar have been heckling the superstar as well as director AR Murugadoss for the losses suffered due to the movie's bad run in the box office. In fact, the director even approached the Madras high court seeking police protection.
Sources say that the BJP is keen on Rajinikanth's entry into politics. The superstar is touted to announce his party this year end with the agenda to face elections in the state in 2021. Rajini is aiming at routing Dravidian politics, paving the way for his 'spiritual politics', a space that BJP has failed to grab so far.
The raids at Vijay's residence can help recover money and keep a check on the distributors. This also serves as a stern warning to Thalapathy to refrain from garnering desires to walk the political corridors of Tamil Nadu, which could possibly check mate Thalaivar, say sources.
That's not all. Let's not forget the constant jibes at the Centre delivered in movies like Mersal that even prompted some political leaders to take a dig at Vijay's religious identity.
Sources also say that Vijay's father SA Chandrasekhar, has been using certain trusts run by Christian institutions (designed to conduct religious conversions) to aid in financial transactions involving 'black money'.
There is no proof to directly link Vijay with these "conversion" programmes, sources added.
It's ironic to think of one of the famous dialogues of Vijay from the movie Pokkiri. "Oru dharava mudivu pannitaa, en pecha naane kekamaaten (If I decide once, I will never listen to anyone, including me, to change that)."
And Rajini's dialogue from the movie Padayappa continues to echo. "En vazhi, thani vazhi (My path is always unique)."