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Amitabh Bachchan leads the way as wishes pour in for Rajinikanth's political career

Rajinikanth confirmed his decision to enter politics earlier today.

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Manigandan KR

Rajinikanth's official announcement that he will be entering politics seems to have triggered waves not just in Tamil Nadu but across the country as wishes and greetings continue to pour in.

The latest to welcome the decision of the actor to enter politics was none other than Hindi film icon Amitabh Bachchan, who took to Twitter to congratulate his close friend.

Bachchan said, "My dear friend, my colleague and a humble considerate human, RAJNIKANTH, announces his decision to enter politics .. my best wishes to him for his success."

Bachchan himself had entered politics on his friend and then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's invitation way back in 1984, winning the Allahabad Lok Sabha seat with a huge margin, but his journey ended rather abruptly in a few years amid a cloud of corruption charges and the reigning superstar of Hindi cinema vowed never to enter the "cesspool" again.

Meanwhile, actor Vivekh, too, took to Twitter to express his happiness at the Southern superstar's decision to enter politics. He said: Adhirchi, aanal aanandha adhirchi azhithu vittar Rajini. Ini, avar pin vaanga Koodathu. Unarchi Perukkil rasigargal kattupaadu meeral koodathu. Sattam Ozhungu mukkiyam. Vazhthukal. [It's a shock but a pleasant shock that Rajini has given. Now, he should not backtrack. Fans must not exceed limits in their excitement. Law and order is important. Best wishes.]"

Director Venkat Prabhu, who has delivered several hits, too expressed his excitement at getting to know of Rajini's announcement. The director, while pointing out that fans were not able to see both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in the same film, wondered if they would get to see both stars in the same party.  

Rajinikanth becomes the latest in a long list of artistes from the Tamil film industry to turn towards politics, following the likes of MG Ramachandran, J Jayalalithaa, and Vijayakanth, among others.