Rajinikanth : 40 & UnstoppablePublished: August 18, 2015
A somber-looking man opening the gates of a house marked the beginning of a momentous journey in Tamil cinema. Yes, we are talking about Rajini’s intro scene in Aboorva Ragangal.
With the one and only Superstar completing 40 years in the industry, he still remains unbeatable and unstoppable. Yes, at least three films are in pipeline for the ‘thalaivar‘, including Ranjith directed ‘Kabali‘ and Shankar helmed ‘Enthiran 2‘.
“For the past three decades, Rajini is the highest paid actor in Tamil cinema. And he commands a huge fan following not just in India, but also in foreign countries. Brand Rajini is only getting bigger,” says Rajendran, a trade analyst.
The success of Rajini lies in his simplicity and honesty, says S P Muthuraman, who had directed many blockbuster movies of the Superstar in the 1980s. “Not just with his on-screen acts, but Rajini set an example to his fans by his off-screen activities too,” he says.
The popularity of Rajini is so much so that a documentary on him will be premiered at the much acclaimed Venice Film Festival. And what’s interesting is that the docu on the thalaivar’s fandom has been made by foreigners.
Joyojeet Pal, a professor at the University of Michigan, and Rinku Kalsy, a filmmaker in Amsterdam, are the people behind the documentary titled ‘For The Love of Man’.
“Rajini probably the biggest of all, in terms of mass appeal, but also because of how he spans generations. There are fans who are in their 60s who watched Rajini from his Avargal days and there are fans who are barely past their teens,” says Pal.
Proving his words true, Bala Vadivelan, a software professional says, “My father is a Rajini fan and I grew up watching his films. My daughter, who is just three years old, watched Lingaa and became a huge fan of the Superstar. He often does ‘Rajini styles’.”
Well, that’s the magic called Rajini.