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Chiranjeevi's foray from reel to real life

New Delhi, Mon, 18 Aug 2008 NI Wire

Light, camera, action... have been part of his life. But, he has to act now instead of a 17” silver screen to a much wider real life. He determined to work hard rather harder when he decided the ripe time to leap from reel life to real life; it takes almost over a year.

Giving credence to the media anticipation and ending months of suspense, Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi took a plunge into politics on Sunday. He kicked off his own political party, some says, as an alternative to the Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in his native state of Hyderabad, however, he is yet to announce his party’s name, flag, symbol, and ideology.

Chiranjeevi said he was of non-political background and his only motive to enter into politics is to serve the poor and destitute. Welfare of the people would be his ideology.

Addressing a press conference in his party office to announce his entry into politics yesterday, he said, details of his new party and future plan will be declared in Tirupati meeting on August 26-the day resemblance with the birthday of Mother Teresa.

“I may not have experience in politics. But I have a heart to understand a poor man's problems. I have the intention to help and guts to bring a change. I am more bothered about my people's livelihood!"

The tag line for his party is expected to be ‘Chiru Navula Andhra Pradesh’ not because it is his name but because in Telugu it means ‘a smiling Andhra Pradesh.’

What led him to join politics? When he was asked he said, though he was inspired from the late N T Rama Rao, founder of the Telugu Desam Party, to join politics but the driving force was the burning speech of former President A P J Abdul Kalam.

He disclosed that Dr. Kalam urged him to join politics and snapped the age-old saying that politics belong to dirty people. ‘Change the people’s mind who has second thoughts about politicians and this could only be possible if capable people join politics.’

His words pierced into my mind and soul and I thought if I do not join politics it would be a historical blunder at a time when politics has become the evil, criminal and selfish men’s land, he said.

There is no political vacuum in the state and his party would work for the grass root people. “I have no political enemy except ‘poverty, hunger and backwardness’ with which my party will fight incessantly.”

The leading mega star, born on August 22, 1955, in Narsapur (Andhra Pradesh), is a three-time Nandi Award and seven-time Best Actor in the Telugu cinema industry. He is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award.

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