Superstar Rajinikanth isn’t one of the most active users of Twitter. But on Friday, he made an exception. The Tamil actor took to Twitter to congratulate badminton player PV Sindhu, who won a silver at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
Speaking about Sindhu’s commendable performance, the actor tweeted: Hats off to you #PVSindhu .... I have become a great fan of yours... Congratulations!
The tweet has since been retweeted 20,000 times and has been liked by 43,000 users.
Hats off to you #PVSindhu .... I have become a great fan of yours ... Congratulations !— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) August 19, 2016
In an era when most stars actively use social media to connect with fans, Rajinikanth has been a bit conservative in his use of the micro-blogging site. Despite having more than 3 million followers, the superstar follows just 23 accounts, of which most are news channels. Though he joined Twitter in February 2013, he has tweeted just 30 times so far.
Meanwhile, a number of celebrities tweeted to express their joy and happiness at Sindhu’s win.
Actor Akshay Kumar dug out a photograph clicked earlier this year - of him playing an exhibition match with Sindhu in January 2016 and caption it thus: Always knew u were an achiever. U managed to convert a cricket obsessed nation to watch badminton @Pvsindhu1! #proud.
Actor Salman Khan too shared a picture of him with the badminton ace.
Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud . pic.twitter.com/Ka9JHvnsjT— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 19, 2016
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, while congratulating Sindhu, indirectly took a dig at author Shobhaa De, who had earlier mocked Indian athletes at Rio. Bachchan, 73, congratulated the ace shuttler, saying when Sindhu comes back he would like to click a selfie with her.
T 2352 - #PVSindhu .. aap "khaali haath" nahein, medal leke wapas aa rahein hain .. aur hum aapke saath 'selfie' nikalne chahate hain !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 18, 2016
Tweeting about Indian athletes at Rio, Shobhaa De had said their aim was only to click selfies and return without any medal from the sporting gala. The author was severely criticised and trolled for her comments.
With inputs from agencies