On whether Tamil Nadu politics could see such a casting coup, Kamal Haasan, on his way home after receiving an honorary doctorate from Odisha, said: "Rajini and I will travel together if there is a need for Tamil Nadu's development.
If there is a need for travelling together we will tell. Now, work is important. We can talk about our policies later. We are together for 43 years, we joining together is no miracle".
An hour later at the same airport, Rajinikanth on his way to Goa, gave his response to Kamal Haasan's comments: "If there is a situation that requires for the development of the Tamil people, I would join hands with Kamal Haasan".
Even on Sunday, at a function celebrating Kamal Haasan's 60-year journey in cinema, Rajinikanth had hinted at working together.
Taking a dig at Chief Minister E Palaniswami of the AIADMK, who has managed to save his position despite initial uncertainty, Rajinikanth said: "So, miracles will happen. It happened yesterday, it is happening today and it will happen tomorrow".
AIADMK spokesperson Babu Murugavel, reacting sharply to Rajinikanth's swipe, said: "Palaniswami worked for the party for nearly 45 years and has grown steadily to reach this level. Rajinkanth has made these remarks as an actor. If he has to say something (on such matters), he has to start his own movement. Time will tell whether that organisation will create miracles."
Recently, Rajinikanth had rejected speculation that he was leaning towards the BJP, saying, "Attempts are being made to paint me with BJP colour, just like Tiruvalluvar, who's being saffronised. Neither I nor Tiruvalluvar will get trapped".
Kamal Haasan launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam in 2018. The party, in its debut in the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, polled around 2 per cent votes and won none. The party is now working on making a splash in the 2021 assembly elections.
Rajinikanth, who announced his plans to enter politics in 2017, is yet to launch his party.
The ruling AIADMK's Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar appeared unperturbed by the possibility of the united star power coming into play in the state elections. "The AIADMK will win yet again for the third successive term in 2021," he said.