has his own ideology when it comes to respecting others,
and he knows who deserves what kind of respect. An
incident to depict the same…
During the initial shooting of Guru Sishyan in AVM
studios, many people used to come and see Rajini. Once
Rajini was sitting on a couch and was talking to some
producers (they were standing). The list included even
people who had produced Rajini movies. Radhika dropped
in during one such moment and Rajini surprisingly got up
and was seen talking to her standing. This is the
respect which Radhika got.
So what was the experience of Radhika on sharing screen
space with Rajini on movies like Pokkiri Raja, Ranga,
Nallavanukku Nallavan, and Ooor Kavalan?
I once went to interview Rajini for a magazine and that
was my first experience of interacting with him. He
won’t speak much.
During then, he told me “Wishes, you are acting with me
in Pokkiri Raja”. I got this news directly from Him.
We shot for a famous song “Pokkirikku Pokkiri Raja”,
somewhere near Thirupati and for a scene I had to jump
on Rajini’s shoulder. The shot was kind of a mess and we
had to retake for nearly 12 times. Rajini did not smirk
even once. Also in the movie I had to jab his face many
times (nearly throughout the movie). It was of-course
acting, but then many times I really jabbed at his face.
But he dint react even once. I couldn’t understand the
kind of person he was.
We acted in a Hindi movie called “Asli Nagli” (Dubbed as
Naane Vallavan in Tamil). I had to again jab his face
for a scene. Rajini came to me sarcastically scratching
face and told me “Guess you haven’t completed the job
you started in Pokkiri Raja”.
Chatrukuna Singha was another hero in the same movie. If
the shooting is scheduled for 9:00 AM in morning, he
would leisurely walk into the set by 3:00 – 4:00 PM in
the evening. But Rajini and I would compete with each
other to make it to the set well before scheduled start.
Sometimes no one would be there to serve even a coffee
and we would have to spend time seeing each other in a
Rajini also started simultaneously shooting for movie,
“Anda Kanoon” in Hindi while he acted in “Pokkiri Raja”.
We shot a song in Chennai Anna Salai and after a quick
shot we used to hide inside our cars as fans would
throng Rajini. During this time he used to tell me
dialogues from that Hindi movie.. I never really
understood if he was telling me the movie dialogues or
if he was actually talking to me in Hindi.
During the shoot of Nallavanukku Nallavan, Rajini and I
use to compete a lot. One has to be very careful with
Rajini on this. His performance before the camera would
not be same as to what he does while practice. He will
add some extra stuff when the actual scene is shot. We
should expect this and perform with him.
If I have a solo shot Rajini would not rest as he is
free. He would observe my acting and sometimes he would
even shower praises on me..
A thoughtful genius:
During free time Rajini use to speak a lot on Spiritual
philosophy. I would tell whatever I know and would try
to corner him. He becomes silent sometimes during such
discussions and I could feel that he is constantly
thinking. So I used to make fun calling him a thoughtful
We also had a long shot for the song “Unnaithane” in
this movie. We had to walk a long distance for this shot
and during then Rajini told me “What’s there is this
life? I am seriously thinking about going as a saint”.
For that I told him, you are a big Super Star. You
position would not change. I think you would not become
a saint and I was confident. This is what we spoke
during the shooting of that song.
Comedy acting is not a very easy task. Action as well as
reaction is very important for the people to actually
relish a joke. Rajini is too good at this. His timing is
awesome. There was a lot of comedy in the movie “Ooor
Kavalan” and people appreciated me for my role.
Everyone likes Rajini in the industry. This is because
he sees a lot of other movies and always showers praises
if he likes the performance of someone. He is really
generous in praising others.
I have low blood pressure and I also won’t eat much
during shooting times. So sometimes I feel dizzy. Rajini
used to advice me a lot regarding eating the right kind
of food. Sometimes to instigate me he would say that
shooting would get cancelled if I go unconscious due to
lack of proper food.
I like Rajini’s style in particular. There is a lot of
power in his eyes. Its magnetic, it can draw people in
his sphere of influence.
Rajini’s wife Latha is also a very good person like
Rajini himself. We are good friends and we meet pretty
often to discuss a lot of things.