"I am 67 years old".
Even as his speech is making waves across the nation, Rajinikanth is now busy preparing to start shooting for his film with Pa Ranjith, which will go on the floors this week.
Rajinikanth's recent public comments are a sure sign that something is afoot.
Intense speculation has ruled the grapevine for the past couple of days about the Tamil superstar's entry into politics after Rajinikanth, in an interaction with fans, said that he is a "Pachchai Thamizhan" and asked them to be prepared for "war".
Tamil Nadu is abuzz with speculation that the veteran actor has chose to throw his hat into the political ring.
Security has been beefed up at actor Rajinikanth's residence in Poes Garden here, in view of protests by a few pro-Tamil outfits opposing his potential entry into politics.
This remark came after the Rajinikanth, at an event, observed that he misses actor-political satirist Cho Ramaswamy, at a time of "unusual political developments in the state", following the demise of late chief minister Jayalalithaa. Addressing his fans Rajinikanth had stated, "You all gave me love, respect and fame". Let him tell us where he stands on issues of the common people, only then can he enter politics.
"Even though I am from Karnataka, still you have accepted me and you have made me into a Tamilian". He also added that he was "a pure Tamil" and that he has been in Tamil Nadu for more than forty years and spent just 23 years in the neighbouring state. On the final day of consultations with fans last week, Rajini teared into detractors about his political entry in TN and strikingly claimed "I am a Pakka Tamilian".
Superstar Rajinikanth who is adored and respected by crores of his fans is under fire from pro-Tamil activists and organization. "If I have to live anywhere in this world that will be in Tamil Nadu", he said.