India, Jan. 15 -- Tamil film star and aspiring politician Rajinikanth took on the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the principal Opposition party in Tamil Nadu, by commenting on its patriarch M Karunanidhi and 'Periyar' EV Ramasamy, who is considered father of the Dravidian movement.

"Periyar was a pungent critic of Hindu gods. But no one had criticised Periyar then. It was only Cho (Ramaswamy) who took on Periyar, which was not to the liking of Karunanidhi. Cho invited the wrath of Karunanidhi who opposed him so much that he said the DMK patriarch had given him free publicity, making him popular across the country. Cho was a strong critic of the government then," said Rajinikanth.

The actor was speaking at the 50th anniversary celebrat...