As the political atmosphere in Andhra Pradesh is hotting up ahead of assembly elections, one and a half year away, there is fresh speculation over Telugu matinee idol Chiranjeevi's entry into politics.

While there was no word from the superstar, sources close to him say the exercise has begun to elicit views from people from various walks of life as a precursor to his foray into politics.

Chiru is believed to have made up his mind to take the plunge and is likely annouce his decision after Sankranti fesival in January.

Chiru, as the actor is affectionately called by his fans and film industry, has been keeping the cards close to his chest about his political plans.

The leaders of powerful Kapu community, to which the star belongs, have been trying to persuade him to enter politics.