Actress Saritha shared her experience with our Rajinikanth
in 1981 magazine interview.
I first met Rajini in "Thappu Thalangal" shooting. It
was an outdoor shooting in Bangalore. They were shooting
a song sequence. Everyone greeted Rajinikanth. Someone
introduced me to him. It was a whole day schedule. It
was like a song that I sing after i get married. It
begins as "A beautiful young girl gave the bed (Azhagana
iLamangai kattil koduthal)". My character was like a
pregnant lady. That is a matured character. Before every
shot, the director used to remind me "Don't act like
Marocharitra. Forget that character. You are not
sixteen. You are twenty five now. Actually this
character should be 30 years old, I reduced five years
After the shooting, we came to the hotel. I was
wandering in the portico in casual attire. Rajini came
there. I was looking different and he mistook me for
somebody else. I was very fat. I was just seventeen
then. I greeted him "Good Evening sir". He also greeted
me. He did not identify me.
During the shooting they changed my getup with a 30 year
old makeup. Once he came to know who I am, he was very
surprised. "Aiyaiyo, did I greet YOU with so much
respect? I wasted a 'Good Evening' in my life", teased
Thappu Thalangal was shot in two languages – Tamil and
Kannada. I don't know a single word in Kannada other
than Sakku (enough) Bekku (want some). Rajini is the
only one who can speak fluent Kannada in the entire
crew. Rajini and the Camera Man Loganathan taught me
Kannada. I used to talk in my own way. I even used to
say the words that are not in the dictionary and
pronunce them in a very bad way. I even used to say some
bad words. It seems that in Kannda, certain words when
pronounced incorrectly, become bad words.
Everyone called me "Sishy" in Balachander's unit. It
means Child. Rajini also called me like that. Then he
started calling me Karuppi (mean black girl).
Rajini would not talk much those days. He sleeps
frequently and i assumed that he is a sleepy guy. I
think he sleeps to avoid controversies! How do I know
all those? Only thing I know is - He is a great person
to interact with.
Though i met Rajini every now and then after Thappu
Thalangal, I worked with him again only in 1981.
It was another Balachandar movie – Netrikkan. I played a
role along with Rajini. I was working with Rajini even a
week before his wedding. He did not say a single word
about his wedding. He neither gave the invitation nor
invited anyone. On early morning, February 26, he got
married in Thiruppathi and came straight to AVM studios
at 10AM for the shooting. Everyone was talking about his
wedding. I didn't know whether it was true or not. I
thought, the papers might have published some crap as
usual and if I asked Rajini he might say NO. I was
scared to congratulate him.
Then after every one congratulated him, I also did. He
gave me a cadbury's chocolate. Then only, I believed
that. He did not give Chocolate to everyone. He said
"Only for ladies". He gave chocolates to Lakshmi,
Vijayashanthi, myself and all ladies. He might have
given to the director and other technicians inside. He
was joking by saying only for ladies.
When I was in Mahabalipuram for a Telugu film's
shooting, Rajini came there with his wife Latha. They
were there for Holidays. Rajini introduced Latha to me.
She was very nice. She would not talk much and soft.