Mumbai: As Rajinikanth on Sunday announced his entry into politics, various celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan gave their best wishes to the Tamil superstar.
The 67-year-old star will launch his own party.
"My dear friend, my colleague and a humble considerate human, Rajinikanth, announces his decision to enter politics ... My best wishes to him for his success," Bachchan tweeted.
Haasan posted, "I welcome brother Rajini's social responsibility and political entry."
Calling it a biggest news of the year, Anupam Kher wrote, "On the last day of 2017 comes the biggest news maker of the Year: Rajinikanth joins politics. Jai Ho."
Riteish Deshmukh said he is sure that the "nobility of the superstar's intention" will receive much love.
"He gave his heart and soul to his art form and people's love made him superstar Rajinikanth... I am sure the nobility of his intention will receive as much love, as he announces his political entry. I wish you all the very best and super success sir," he tweeted.
Congress spokesperson and actor Khushboo Sundar tweeted, "Rajinikanth announces his political plunge... Anybody who thinks can make a difference to the ideas and has an ideology, aspires for harmonious India, feels the pain of losing secularism to communalism and dreams of a democratic India, should come to politics.
"We know that Mr Rajnikanth believes in inclusive democracy and development. We wish him the all the best in his endeavors."
Rajinikanth fans celebrate his decision to enter politics
Euphoria gripped fans of superstar Rajinikanth soon after he announced his political entry with admirers of the actor bursting firecrackers and distributing sweets across Tamil Nadu.
Immediately after the actor announced his political debut, his fans waved the fan club flags outside the meeting venue, and raised slogans hailing his decision.
After announcing his decision, Rajinikanth walked up to the balcony of the marriage hall, and waved to his fans who had gathered in large numbers outside the venue too.
In his characteristic style, he lifted both his arms and wished them in the traditional style.
In reciprocation, his fans shouted slogans of 'Thalaiva,' (leader) and danced to popular tunes waving placards that carried his portrait, typical of his real look of the late 1980's and 1990's.
"It is Thalaivar's New Year gift to us," they said.
The neighborhood in and around Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, the meet venue and several other locations in the city and other parts of the State echoed with sounds of firecrackers.
Hailing the move, they also distributed sweets to passengers in buses, trains and other public places.
The fan club flag featuring stripes of blue, white and red with a star in the center within which an image of Rajinikanth was embossed fluttered in parts of the city.
In prominent locations, mega-size wall posters hailing Rajinikanth had already appeared anticipating his political entry.