Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have shared two diametrically opposite views on the recent inauguration of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Superstar Rajinikanth was one of the many high-profile guests who attended the consecration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya . As Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the grand opening ceremony of the temple on January 22, it stirred up a lot of emotions across the country.
The event has led to an influx of varied opinions. It has divided people mostly into two camps: one claims that this event was a political stunt to consolidate the Hindu votes in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections The other claims it was a satisfying culmination of a bitterly contested religious issue.
However, for Rajinikanth, it was neither of them. Soon after returning to Chennai from Ayodhya, Rajinikanth briefly met the press and shared his excitement about the new temple. He revealed that he was among the first 150 people who were allowed to see the Ram Lalla idol after the inauguration of the new temple. "It gave me immense happiness," he added.
While addressing the politics around the temple, Rajinikanth revealed he had a different take on this highly contentious issue. "For me, this is spirituality and not politics. Everyone can have different opinions, and it doesn't have to match every time," he said.
He also added that he would visit the Ram temple every year.
On the other hand, Rajinikanth's counterpart Kamal Haasan had a different take on the opening of the Ram temple. When asked about his reaction to the matter, he said, "I spoke about it about 30 years ago. And my opinion on the matter has not changed since." He also refrained from giving any additional explanation.
It seems Kamal has referred to a statement that he had issued after the Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1991. At the time, he had said, “No one had the right to destroy Babri Masjid. It was my building just like Tanjore Temple and Velankanni church are mine.”
Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have stood as the twin pillars of Tamil cinema since the 1980s. Despite their distinct individuality and differing views on matters of faith and politics, the two legendary actors have consistently demonstrated a remarkable friendship that has endured for over four decades.