He needs no introduction. The South, the North, the East and the West know about him. The rich and the poor like him alike. He has been the style icon on-screen. Off-screen he has been a simpleton. He is Rajinikanth. Happy Birthday Thalaiva!
I didn’t know about Rajini and his stylish antics till I saw the Telugu movie, Peddarayudu. He had only a guest appearance in the movie, a fifteen minute role in the beginning. But that short cameo was the talking point among my friends. His style was infectious among kids. We tried his goggle stunts, cigar replaced with pen stunts, thundu stunts and tried to salute in his style by also mimicking the background sound effects.
So all these made me and my generation Rajini fans. Some of my favourites are Maro Charithra, Narasimha, Dalapathi, Chandramukhi, Shivaji and Robo. I wish him the best for today-released Lingaa!
More than the on-screen version I developed respect for his real-life off-screen version. His story is a true underdog story. Someone selling tickets in a bus turned into the most famous cine-star of India by sheer hard work! Despite achieving so much he manages to put his feet on ground. How awesome!
Do I want to see him politics? There is a tradition in Tamil Nadu of movie stars becoming political biggies. Recently in Andhra Pradesh we saw Chiranjeevi lose his charisma after behaving like a swine in the political muddy waters. Rajni’s charm alone may win him election in TN but running the state is a different ball game, surely not a cake walk. I strongly feel that the times have changed. Giving sweet passionate speeches and promises of doling out subsidies would not take the people or country anywhere. So, personally, I would not want him to venture into politics.
What do you think, should Rajini join politics? What is your favourite Rajini movie or Rajini joke? 😀