14 May, 2021

Rajnikanth, Actor

With those famous tosses of head, shoulders, cigarettes, he rules the silver screen. Off-screen, his humility and philanthropy have made him Thalaivar of people’s hearts.

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Rajnikanth, Actor

The Pongal, Vishu, Id, Independence Day release frames are gone but there are no signs of Kochadaiyaan­—the latest release from Thalaivar, as superstar Rajnikanth is known. The remaining slots are Deepavali, the superstar’s birthday (December 12) and Christmas. The vigil, led breathlessly by a Facebook group called ‘Rajnikanth Biggest Superstar of India’, continues. Meanwhile, those awaiting India’s first motion-capture film can take heart in the knowledge that it is a long and complicated process—Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, also a motion-capture epic, took four years. Until such time as Kochadaiyaan arrives, devotees can seek solace from looking at his cutouts in the Chennai Express ‘lungi dance’. One can only hope that Chennai Express does not share the fate that befell RA.One in Chennai, where fans waited for the few seconds that Chitti the Robot appeared on screen and then left. Those thirsting for a glimpse can also take a look at his portrait as the legendary Purandaradasa, gifted recently in Bangalore to...

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