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After Thalapathy Vijay's political plunge, Vishal unveils his ambitions

Vishal's statement on his political ambitions follows Thalapathy Vijay's recent launch of his political party, Tamizhaga Vetri Kazhagam, with plans to contest the 2026 state elections.

After Thalapathy Vijay's political plunge, Vishal unveils his ambitions
Vishal with Thalapathy Vijay.

Last Updated: 01.45 PM, Feb 07, 2024

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Tamil actor Vishal shared a lengthy statement on Wednesday, outlining his aspirations in Tamil Nadu politics. While he hasn't launched his own political party yet, he hinted that his political entry is not a question of if, but when.

Vishal's statement follows Thalapathy Vijay's recent launch of his political party, Tamizhaga Vetri Kazhagam , with plans to contest the 2026 state elections.

Vishal pens an open letter

In the open letter, Vishal expressed gratitude to his fans and the people of Tamil Nadu for his successful film career and his role as a social worker. "From the beginning, I've utilized my fan clubs for welfare activities to assist those in need," Vishal stated.

It's worth noting that Tamil superstars, including Kamal Haasan and Vijay, have transformed their fan clubs into welfare associations for philanthropic work, a trend among Tamil cinema stars with political aspirations.

"As a next step, I initiated people's welfare clubs in every district in Tamil Nadu, offering education to underprivileged children through the scholarship I started in my mother Janaki Devi's name. We're also supporting distressed farmers," he mentioned.

Vishal said that his social service is unburdened by his political ambitions. However, he claimed that he would not hesitate to seek electoral power, should he feel it was necessary in his philanthropic journey.

Vishal's past tryst with elections

"I've never assisted people with political ambitions in mind, and I'll continue to help to the best of my abilities. If nature prompts me to make a different decision in the future, I won't hesitate to lend my voice to people's causes," he added.

It's noteworthy that in 2017, Vishal attempted to contest the RK Nagar by-election in Tamil Nadu, but his candidacy was rejected for failing to secure the valid signatures of 10 proposers.

On the career front, Vishal was last seen in sci-fi comedy Mark Antony. The movie, written and directed by Adhik Ravichandran, gave him a much-needed break at the box office. Now, he's busy shooting for Rathnam. Billed as a rural drama, the film is helmed by Hari and is due in cinemas later this year.

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