Once upon a time, movie stars were whole-heartedly welcomed to political parties. It is not a hyperbole to say that they got immense support from people and some of them became Chief Ministers too. The reign of Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu, the reign of Sr NTR in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, etc are the best examples. The cine charisma which made them powerful political leaders is no more a trend in South India now. Forget about the Chief Ministers chair, movie stars are now not even winning as MLA's.
Mega Star Chiranjeevi's craze is unbelievable in Teluguland. Just like the senior stars, Chiranjeevi also forayed into politics by starting his own party. While everyone expected him to be a trend setter, he was defeated in his own constituency and finally dropped his political plans. He soon moved back to films. The same is the case with his brother Power Star Pawan Kalyan. Although Pawan returned to films, he is still adamant to drop his political plans and is clinging onto it even after a big loss in 2019 polls.
Even in Tamil Nadu state, cine stars are no more political charmers. Universal Star Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam has tasted a historical defeat in the recently commenced polls. From this, it is clear that stardom is no longer a vital factor for star actors to pursue a career in politics. So does it mean that people have lost trust on film stars especially when they enter politics? Or our stars have got trapped in the political game? is an unanswered question.
Whatever be the case, there are no two doubts some film stars are no longer political charmers. Analysts state that Superstar Rajinikanth might have understood this fact, and withdrew his political aspirations, else he would also have faced a similar situation.