More to do with the films too. The craze & fan following is there. This was the film that gave vintage Rajini back. Guess the clash has cost it.
And even Petta is only a Rajini feast. In a way better than his previous films which isn't saying much.
The right film with him will shatter all the records. As far as politics go, he hasn't taken a firm stand. Once that happens then his political Opponents will start attacking him.