Actor Vishal is the General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and President of Tamil Film Producers Council. ​There were rumors last week which said that he will contest elections in the RK Nagar by-polls. The seat has been vacant for a year after the demise of former chief minister J Jayalalitha.

​The actor has filed his nomination papers today and will contest as an Independent candidate. ​Before filing his nomination papers he visited the statues of former chief ministers MGR and Kamaraj and paid his respects. He visited the newly inaugurated Sivaji memorial also.

Vishal’s sudden entry into politics comes as a surprise for many. While senior actor like Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have been hinting about their political aspirations for a while now, they are yet to reveal concrete plans.