Balachander introduced me in Mundru Mudichu when
I was 13. Rajinikant had his first major role in it. So,
for him too, it was like a first film.
I was the heroine. Kamal Hassan was the
hero. Rajinikant was the villain. Actually, Rajinikant was
more comfortable with my mother because he could speak
Telugu, and my mom found it comfortable to communicate
with him. We would have fun on the sets.
We were in awe of Kamal Hassan. We
would observe him and discuss how he did his scenes and
how big an actor he was. We would talk of making it as big
as him one day. We spoke of how much money Kamal Hassan
was making, and how we would also be paid like him one
At that time we had just started our
careers and money was so important. Of course it is not so
anymore. We know that films are something else. But those
days we had fun just discussing every aspect of Kamal
It was fun working with Rajinikant
because he was very jovial and funny. We both helped each
other with our scenes. We would also have a sort of
competition going on as to who would do better. Like, if I
got praises for a scene, then Rajinikant would try and
better me in the next shot. That way we helped each other.
Rajinikant was the only actor who
played a variety of roles with me. In my first film he was
the villain. In another he acted as my brother. In a third
film he was a wicked husband and in another he was my
boyfriend. But this never affected our pairing.
His attitude hasn't changed since I met
him first. Even after becoming such a big star, he is
always friendly and humble with everybody. That is one
thing I always admire in him. There is no ego or arrogance
in him. It always happens that stars after reaching a
certain position have to be aloof or distant with people.
That's because they tend to be taken for granted. Maybe
that's why people think Rajinikant is aloof and
unapproachable. But to us, there has been no difference in
I haven't acted in many films with him.
But I have always considered him a friend. We have a good
rapport on the sets. We have not been so close that we are
confidants or we keep in touch regularly. But whenever we
meet we meet with warmth and affection.
His unique style of acting was apparent
right from his first film. In fact, he would do some of
his tricks for us on the sets. He was entertaining and
funny. He deserves his stardom because he has worked very
hard for it.