met Rajinikanth for the first time during the making of
Andha Kanoon. That was my first and only film with him. He
played my brother and, initially, he was very aloof. He
would not talk much. But as time passed, he began to
After that, I met him in Ooty during Dharamji's shooting,
but I cannot recollect the name of the film now.
I think he is a wonderful person. Actually, our families
got together because of his wife. I had met her in Madras
once. Since then, we have become quite close. She is a
very friendly person. We travel a lot together and always
plan our holidays abroad together. His children and my
children get along well. Like me, he also has two
daughters. They are of the same age as my girls.
Rajinikanth is a charismatic person. He came into the
industry as a villain, but he has been able to make a
special place for himself. Not many people succeed in
doing that. His style is unique. Of course, Hindi was a
drawback for him, but he managed to overcome it.
He is a lovely person; very shy, very respectful and very
down-to-earth. His family is really cute. I am very fond
of all of them. Whenever you go to his house, you just
don't feel that he is a star.
He is also a very spiritual person. His family is involved
in a lot of charity work.
I take this opportunity to wish him all the best and a
long long life. Very rarely do you get to see such stars.
Not only is he popular in India, I believe that he has a
large fan following in Japan too. I only hope he continues
to perform in the film industry.
As told to Kanchana Suggu