Very first on entering his
house, Sivaji Silver Jubilee Memento welcomed me. I sat
in the chair in the drawing room and our conversation
started after exchanging pleasantries and where abouts.
(See beside the pic of memento)
Since he was in very
casual attire I didn’t stress for any pic at his home.
How did you feel when you
were roped in to play a role in Sivaji?
Actually I was making
strenuous attempts to get into the Sivaji bandwagon ever
since the project was announced. I was trying all the
ways and I was ready to play even a single minute role
in the film. But I couldn’t make it. My friends used to
pull my legs over this often and it used to end up with
One day, I got a call and
the caller said that he is speaking from Shankar’s
office. I thought that some of my friends alone are
kidding me and I said, “Machan don’t play da…pls I have
lots of work.” But the caller said he is speaking from
Shankar’s office alone and the director wants to meet
him in his office. Again I said, “Machan, podhum da…enakku
neriya vaelai irukku….”
Call from Shankar’s
This time, the caller stressed strongly,
“Sir, you are mistaken. Really we are calling from
Shankar’s office alone. He wants to know whether you are
ready to play a small role in Superstar’s Sivaji?”
Look how humble is Shankar sir. Since I
acted as a hero, in a film earlier (Kannamma) he asked
so. Who would say No to act with Rajini sir? As I was
ready and crazy even to act in a role that lasts for
seconds, I agreed to the offer immediately and met
Shankar sir at his the same day.
My joy knew no bounds. I was almost
flying in sky. But at the same time, I was in a doubt
whether this would realize or not and my happiness would
be real or fake? So, I decided to keep mum until I start
acting in the film.
First day shoot
My first day on shooting was with none
other than Superstar alone. High court scene was
scheduled that day. And I went to the spot and was
simply staring out of furor. My eyes searched Superstar
and YES I spotted him and turned in a frenzy mood. He
was wearing make-up that time.
Change the dress? Where?
An assistant director approached me and
gave me a set of dress and asked me to change the dress
and be ready for the shot immediately. “Change the
dress? Where?” I asked him as I was looking for a
caravan or at least a hide. “Just change there,” the
assistant said pointing me a van’s otherside.
I was shocked. I was acting as a hero in
budget films and as main characters in some other films.
Should I change my dress here? What’s this? Will the
rest of shoot days too will pass like this? Iyoe, my
calculations went wrong…chae”
Superstar changes his dress in open
The next moment I got a rude shock. What
I saw is real or a dream? Superstar was pulling out his
pants - simply sitting in a chair in open space. Just in
a flash of seconds he changed his dress and was standing
before Shankar. “Ok Shankar?”
I was spell bound for a few minutes and
it took some time for me to come back to memories.
paid actor, discarding his star status, just changing
his dress open space without any starry airs. Shouldn’t
I learn from him? I became shy and moved to corner of
the van and changed my dress.
Director called me for my shot with
My first dialogue was with Superstar,
“enna yaaru kitta paesikittirukkae theriyuma???”
The shot was okayed instantly and
Superstar gave me a pat for that scene. “Vitta Bose
ennai adichiruvaaru polarukkae?” he burst out of
After that scene, I moved from that place
and I had no chance to speak to him as he moved to the
On the next day shoot, after finishing my
portions I was just waiting to have a few words with
thalaivar. (Bose addresses Superstar as thalaivar alone)
Aware of everything
Somebody summoned me that thalaivar wants
to meet me and I rushed towards him where he was sitting
in a corner of the spot. He welcomed me and said that my
acting is quite natural and he blessed me that I will
become a big actor one day. Wow…My day was made. For my
surprise, he told about me many things which I thought
that others don’t know. He is AWARE of EVERYTHING. He
listed all things about me and said that he used to
watch my serial Metti Oli too.
Rajini, aware of everything
He is up to date of everything that
happens. Also he takes attempts to know about the world
and happenings in each one’s perspective. In my point of
view, in a small boy who’s there at the spot – in his
point of view, in a side artiste’s point of view, in a
old man who’s there – in his point of view. He studies
everyone’s point of view and stores it with him. A
COMPLETE MAN who is up to date of all things. His
General Knowledge is astonishing.
Rajini watches Dhoom 2
During the progress of Sivaji shooting,
Ash-Hrithik starrer Dhoom 2 released. We all wound up
the shooting late night and then went home. But Rajini
sir, told me that he watched the movie and he narrated
us the story completely to my surprise. I wondered where
did this man got time to watch the movie?
Similarly, while I was in Sivaji
shooting, Thalainagaram movie where I have acted in a
meaty role released. I too didn’t see the movie. But
Superstar saw the movie in theatre and the next day
lauded my performance on screen and also announced to
entire Sivaji unit that, “Bose has become a big star
from today onwards. So, please keep a distance from him
and treat him with great respect” – the unit people
begun to treat me differently and later I understood
that it was Rajini sir’s comedy act.
Though he played a joke – he stood with
his words to unit and behaved that as if I am a big
His passion towards me
and my family
Another thing which I couldn’t forget in
my life is Rajini sir’s passion towards my family and
his great help.
This happened last year after a few
months of Sivaji release and I don’t have any contacts
with Rajini sir after that.
My father’s last wish
Last year my father fell ill and I
brought him to Chennai and gave all possible hospital
treatment. Though he regained normalcy I know that he is
in last phase of life and anything can happen to him
anytime and doctors also alerted me about that. I
decided to keep my father happy and contend in rest of
his life. And I was making sure that he has doesn’t even
a small grievance.
After the treatment, we were heading to
Egmore railway station in a car with my father and
mother to leave them in native place. Suddenly my asked
me, “Dear son, I wish to meet Rajini sir. Is it
possible? Can u arrange?”
Rajini sir gives appointment
I didn’t expect this
and shocked immediately. Since he is in the last stages
of life – I became upset about its fulfillment. I
immediately ringed to Rajini sir’s personal assistant
and conveyed the same – that is my father’s wish to meet
him. His PA replied immediately that he’ll get back to
me soon. I decided – this is
not going to happen. Bcos I know how difficult it is to
meet Rajini sir and that too when he is not in shooting.
I consoled myself that I should feel sufficient about my
stills with Rajini sir when I took during the shooting
of Motta boss scene and receiving of Sivaji silver
jubilee shield. But what itching my mind is : about my
inability to fulfill my father’s wish at his final phase
of life. So I was thinking like this and driving. But
suddenly Rajini’s sir PA called me and said that Rajini
sir agreed and asked to come to mandapam that . I could guess what has happened. It’s
hardly a two or three minute I called and put my
obligation. His PA must have told Rajini sir, “Sir,
Bose’e father wants to meet you. Bose asks permission to
meet you with family…”
Superstar seems to reply immediately,
“ok…ok…udanae varasollunga….no problem” (Bose acted this
scene to me as how Superstar would have said that.
Really a very good imitating)
We cancelled the travel to
native and started returning to my house. I ringed my
wife and told her about our meeting with the boss and
asked her to be ready.
The heart touching moment
That with an hour –We were at Raghavendra Mandapam. We
were made to sit in the drawing room. Simple but
peaceful place it is. I still couldn’t realize it is
happening or just a dream. I pricked myself. Oh…it’s
true….it is happening. We were anticipating eagerly the
one and only boss’ arrival. Just a few minutes later,
Superstar arrived the place and wished us all with his
Blessings from the
joy knew no bounds. My father was very happy. We almost
spent one hour with him. I touched his feet and sought
blessings. My family members had a chat with the legend
and I exchanged pleasantries and thanked him for
fulfilling my wish. His humility floored my entire
family. (See the pictures attached)
One hour with Superstar?
I asked to Bose, “Sir is it one hour you
spent with him? Wow…you are very lucky sir. I know how
many big shots are just waiting to meet him for a single
Bose replied, “Yes it is heart touching
that he spent one hour with us. Because he knows that my
father is in last phase of life and he’ll soon leave
this world. More than me, it is my father who was very
happy to meet Rajini sir and I could see the
satisfaction in his face. I got relieved as I fulfilled
my father’s last wish. After two months, my father
passed away. His soul would have attained peace –
I could see tear drops in his eyes. I
“Sir, its very good that your fulfilled
your father’s last wishes. How many in this earth gets
that chance…? You are really lucky and great”
After this I called all my friends and
shared the experience of meeting the Sun with them. They
Moral learnt from
I asked him, “You have acted with
Superstar for a full film and also personally vibed with
him. What’s the moral you learnt from him?”
You can write a book on that....anyhow i
try to list a few...
“Nothing is in our hands. Every second
belongs to GOD…God alone – this is the moral I learnt
And also i learnt – how to be brisk and
How to stay cool in irrelevant
How to be down to earth and simple and
humble despite your iconic status...
How to understand others feelings and
respect that....like this i can cite more....
Have you changed in any issue or
behavior after seeing Rajini sir?
Yes. I used to tell for long to my
friends and relatives very often that “Naan indha
nilamaiyila innikki irukurraenna…adhukku kaaranam…" I
used to self-proclaim about my present status. Because,
I came up from a scratch. I started my life as an
auto-driver. So, for me it is a big success story. But
Rajini sir, never uttered a single word about his
status. He never said – "indha nilamaiyila naan innikki
irukurraenna...." So I stopped saying like that after
meeting Rajini sir.
About Sivaji’s success?
Am very happy to be a part in such a
historical hit. I know how big hit the film became
around the globe. Some tried to undermine the profits
they made with the movie. I know that. Why even industry
people know that. Rajini sir knows very well.
I am proud to share screen space with
such a humble soul. I thank Shankar sir for giving me
that opportunity. Even for Robot I am ready to accept
any role however small it is – if Shankar wants me to
act. I am waiting for his call.