With AIADMK’s sweeping victory resounding all over Tamil Nadu, the question on everybody’s mind was, ‘Where is Vadivelu’? There were rumors that he had flown to Dubai.
“I’m very much here,” says the actor. The actor maintains his calm and of course, his sense of humor in an exclusive chat.
“I’m very much in Tamil Nadu. I am not a Pakistani, I’m a Tamilian. Why should I go out of my homeland? I am in my amma’s place. I wanted to be with her, so I am staying with her in Madurai,” says Vadivelu, back in Madurai after the election results were declared.
Vadivelu was the only campaigner from DMK who was confident of the party’s victory. Asked if he was disappointed with the Tamil Nadu people’s verdict, he says, “We have to accept the people’s verdict. I did my job as a campaigner and it was a great experience. Winning and losing are part of every election.”
During the campaign, the actor complained about threats from DMDK party men. There was stone pelting at his Virugambakkam residence on the day of the election results. The situation could worsen, but Vadivelu appears unfazed by the threats. He still takes a severe stand on Vijayakanth.
Asked about the recent attacks, he says, “After the election results, Vijayakanth should have moved on after congratulating the AIADMK leader. As a leader of his party, he didn’t do that. Instead, he is still stuck with me. His party cadres were creating a nuisance near my house, attacking my house again. AIADMK has won the election, but very clearly not because of Vijayakanth. People have voted for Jayalalithaa expecting some change. Vijayakanth’s alliance has nothing to do with this victory. He is not going to be the chief minister. It is Amma’s victory.”
None of his colleagues from the film industry have spoken to him about the results. Will the leading actors start avoiding him now? “They might hesitate to cast me in their films. But I’m not worried about all that. In fact, I am not worried about anything at the moment. I can lead my own life.”
Vadivelu is actually going through a tough time. He was at the peak of his career when he started campaigning for the DMK. One wonders whether this was necessary for the actor. Many from the film fraternity feel that he shouldn’t have entered the political fray.
Does he have any regrets? “I have no regrets at all. Whatever I spoke on the campaign was 100 per cent true. I will still raise my voice against Vijayakanth if he calls himself Karuppu MGR or the future Chief Minister.”