Superstar Rajinikanth, who turned 64 on Friday, began his birthday celebrations by releasing his latest film Lingaa. Mired by plagiarism controversies, the latest Rajinikanth-Sonakshi Sinha starrer finally saw the light of day by hitting the theatres on Friday. His devoted fans returned the courtesy by turning out in droves to witness their matinee idol deliver his punch lines.
The actor was out of town, his publicist said without divulging details.
However, it was Lingaa all the way as the hit combination of Rajinikanth-KS Ravikumar joined once again in what is expected to be a treat for the star's avid fans.
The actor, who earlier this year featured in Kochadaiyaan, is back singing duets with damsels, this time Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha in tow.
The Lingaa fever had already gripped Rajinikanth's fans and eager ones, both domestic and international, who hit Chennai theatres to have a glimpse of their thalaivaa (leader) after some time.
Rajinikanth enjoys a good fan base in Japan--his films are dubbed in Japanese and released there--with some of them turning up here, singing numbers from his earlier movies, especially 'Muthu' that introduced the actor in the Asian country.
Local die-hard fans of the superstar were not to be left behind as they arrived for the release with their signature style celebrations--of pouring milk to cutouts of the star and dancing to the beats of percussion instruments.
Earlier, the film had faced some legal wrangles over a writer claiming rights to the story, but the court had allowed the screening with conditions.