After Javadekar made the announcement on Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Rajinikanth with a tweet, "Congratulations Talaivar". Soon Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu too, tweeted.
"India every year gives Dada Saheb Phalke award to a film personality. This year this selection has been made by a jury comprising Asha Bhonsle, Mohanlal, Biswajit Chatterjee, Shankar Mahadevan and Subhash Ghai.
In a statement issued here, RMM leader V.M. Sudhakar said those who are in RMM wanting to join a political party can do after submitting their resignation.
Some of my fans along with expelled cadres of Rajini Makkal Mandram have protested in Chennai against my decision of not entering politics. I have taken my decision, I appeal to everyone to not indulge in such things
"All because of my health condition. I am looking at this as a warning given to me by the God," said the actor
As the 'Thalaiva' star turned 70 on Saturday, fans gathered outside his residence at Poes Garden in Chennai, to catch a glimpse of the star and wish him personally on his special day.
Fans of the megastar who had assembled outside his residence at the Poes Garden were in for a disappointment though.
"Dear Rajinikanth Ji, wishing you a Happy Birthday! May you lead a long and healthy life," PM Modi tweeted.
The top star, promising his brand of spiritual politics, categorically said that his party would fight Assembly elections in 2021 and "emerge victorious."
"In today's meeting district secretaries and we exchanged views. They assured to support me in whatever decision I take. I will take a decision as soon as possible," Actor Rajinikanth told reporters in Chennai.