Prakash Raj’s remarks about actors coming to politics have been misquoted by a section of media. The actor had said that actors should not enter the political fray just because they’re popular, adding that they should have a great understanding of people’s problems.
Actor-politician Sarath Kumar took to his micro-blogging page and posted: “Recently when I was asked about film personalities’ entry into politics, I said our status as an actor is not a green card to enter into politics. Surely not. It should never be. Again if actors assume that the crowd that gathers before you during campaigns would turn out to be your voters, then it is your serious mistake. Many actors and actresses would have become Chief Ministers by now if that were the case. Politics is a different arena, unique with a lot of challenges. It is difficult to gauge the inclination of the voters. Even for executing a small contract or job, clients ask for references and past history. Governance needs a great understanding about people’s day to day life and their issues.” [sic]
He added: “Era of late Thiru MGR and Madam Jayalalitha was different. They struggled to get to the top post inspite of less competition. I hope we create a world where voters make well informed educated decisions in future and not get carried away with fanciful things depicted in the reel world. Any recognition or achievement through selfless service is appreciated. I am sure Mr Prakashraj would have meant this.” [sic]