Days after the release of his latest film Endhiran (Robot), Tamil superstar Rajinikanth drove down to Bandra on Tuesday to meet Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray at his residence, Matoshree.
The 60-year-old actor was visiting the Sena chief to seek his blessings following the release of the film, where he is paired opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Rajinikanth, who is originally from Maharashtra — his real name is Shivajirao Gaekwad – said he had gone to pay his respects to the senior Thackeray.
Obviously thrilled with the meeting, Rajinikanth compared the Sena chief to God.
“He is like God to me,” the superstar declared, after the meeting.
Rajinikanth has also expressed a desire to act in Marathi films, after his tremendous success in the Tamil film industry.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena has always had words of praise for the actor.
On an earlier occasion, the Sena mouthpiece Saamna had praised Rajinikanth for agitating for Tamil Nadu on the Hogenakkal water dispute.
The fight between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu is over water from the Kaveri river being used to tide over a water crisis in both states.
Both states have been vociferously protesting against the water going to the other state, and the status quo continues.
Citing this example, the Saamna had said that several other actors that come to live in Mumbai, make it their home, achieve fame and glory, but when it comes to taking a firm stand on the issue of Marathi or regional pride, many of them, including superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, backtrack.
“But Rajinikanth is one of those rare men who has been true to the culture of Maharashtra. He has taken the side of the state that has made him famous,” the mouthpiece had said.