Tamil film icon 'Thalapathy' Vijay has entered the political arena by launching his new party, Tamizhaga Vetri Kazhagam. Joining the league of cine-stars in Tamil Nadu's political landscape, Vijay's decision comes with speculation that he may debut in the 2026 Assembly polls instead of participating in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Sources indicate that the party's influence is anticipated to stretch beyond Tamil Nadu, owing to Vijay's robust and well-organized fan base in states like Kerala and Karnataka.
Vijay's foray into politics has long been associated with the influence of his ambitious father and renowned film director, S A Chandrasekhar. A clear indication of his political aspirations emerged last June, several months after he distanced himself from his father. During a student rally in Chennai, Vijay encouraged school students to advocate against accepting cash for votes from politicians and emphasized the importance of educating themselves about leaders like B R Ambedkar, Periyar E V Ramasamy, and K Kamaraj, sparking widespread attention.