Chennai: Fans have expressed disappointment and criticism towards actor Vijay, questioning his suitability for entering politics due to the lyrics of his latest single, “Na Ready,” from his upcoming film “Leo.”
Directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, “Leo” has generated significant anticipation among Kollywood enthusiasts. The release of the film’s first look was followed by the launch of the song “Na Ready,” which features lyrics penned by Vishnu Edavan, Vijay’s assistant director, along with contributions from Anirudh and Lokesh Kanagaraj.
Cause for Celebration: Despite the criticism, Vijay’s dance moves in the song, accompanied by a synchronized group of 2,000 dancers, have delighted fans. The song’s visually stunning set has further enhanced the excitement among Vijay’s admirers, who believe that this song will undoubtedly be a visual treat on the big screen. However, some fans have not hesitated to voice their dissatisfaction with the lyrics.
The Issue at Hand: The perception that a Lokesh Kanagaraj film revolves around the theme of substance abuse emerged with his previous work, “Vikram.” The recent controversy surrounding the lyrics and visuals of the song from “Leo” has arisen in the context of the speculation that all of Vijay’s actions are politically motivated.
Addictive and Controversial: Certain lines from the song, such as “Tadadu Patil Nan Udaka Andavai Konda Cheers Adikka” (I celebrate by clinking glasses with my close friends) and “Atithadi cutkuthu our kitchen room come mixed” (I mix different spices in our kitchen room), have sparked controversy. This stems from Vijay’s recent interaction with 10th and 12th-grade students across all 234 constituencies, during which he advised them on various matters.
Inconsistent Image: During one of his speeches, Vijay urged students to study the works of leaders like Periyar, Ambedkar, and Kamaraj. Fans have questioned the contradiction between his on-screen actions, such as smoking a cigarette and consuming eggs, and his call for responsible behavior inspired by these leaders.
The Role Model Factor: Unlike MGR, a revered on-screen hero who never portrayed smoking or alcohol consumption, Vijay appears to be freely engaging in such activities. Fans wonder how this behavior will contribute to his standing among the public.
A Political Presence: Critics argue that despite Vijay’s charitable efforts and people-centric initiatives, his portrayal of excessive drinking and smoking on screen undermines his credibility as a potential political figure. They also point out that Tamil Nadu has already been governed by individuals from the film industry, potentially shaping Vijay’s decision to venture into politics.
A Call for Consistency: Fans are urging Vijay to break away from stereotypes and the perception that he prioritizes commercial success over other considerations. They want him to be more conscious of his image and not contradict the principles he espouses. Will Vijay take their demands into account before venturing further?
Guiding the Next Generation: Vijay’s recent address to students emphasized the importance of voting. Although some may interpret it as a political move targeting first-time voters, his message against voting for monetary gain has resonated with many. However, critics argue that he should guide the younger generation by example, cautioning against straying from principles rather than engaging in on-screen vices.
As the fans demand consistency and an alignment between his actions and words, Vijay’s aspirations in politics hang in the balance.