It was a double bonanza for ‘Thalaivaa’ aka Rajinikanth fans globally as his 64th birthday and release of his film Lingaa (his first in four years) coincided. Fans from all over the world descended to Chennai to catch the 1 am show of the movie, for which the producers had to deposit `10 crore to the high court for a round-the-clock screening.
Lingaa is a period film starring the superstar and Sonakshi Sinha.
If Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the early wishers, through a tweet greeting the superstar on his birthday, a bus conductor working with KSRTC came all the way from Belgaum to the actor’s residence to greet him personally.
A group of fans had arrived from Japan and were happy to bring out the Rajinis in them with Rajinikanth dialogues in fluent Tamil.
Bursting of firecrackers, milk offerings to Rajinikanth cut outs, special prayers at temples for success of the film Lingaa formed part of the celebrations.
“It is Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Eid for us,” described Sivaraman, 43, a die-hard fan outside Albert theatre at Egmore, which is considered the fort of Rajinikanth.
Fans in dark T shirts with Rajinikanth’s pictures were a common sight and hundreds of cakes were cut on Thalaivaa’s behalf.
For the Rajinikanth family, it was a quiet get-together at home and visit to a theatre for a special screening of the film. Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya said her father was very excited about the movie. “I have watched it and the movie is really good,” she told a television channel.