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Darbar Audio Release Function

Dec 8, 2019

Superstar Rajinikanth's 'Darbar' audio launch was held on Saturday at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai which has turned out to be one of the most sensational filmy events in 2019.  The man of the moment Anirudh Ravichander swayed the audience by stating that he would happily give up his life for the Thalaivar and there is no surprise that he will always give him a super hit album.  He revealed that after composing and recording each song he and lyricist Vivek would be in tears that they have done work for the greatest actor in the world.  The youth icon did not forget to mention how it was A.R. Murugadoss who elevated him to the big league by giving the opportunity to score for Vijay's 'Kaththi'.

Lyricist Vivek shared the hot news that there is an exclusive song in 'Darbar' which glorifies transgenders and would become their anthem.  A.R. Murugadoss brought the house down by stating that after MGR only Rajinikanth captured the hearts of millions with his stylish acting and voice modulation.  The leading commercial director added that in the luxury ship called Rajini he too has traveled for the past one year.

The highlight of the evening among the guest speeches was by Raghava Lawrence who warned politicians speaking against Rajini that they have to deal with him first.  He pointed out how words like "Athisayam" and "Arputham" existed in Tamil language for centuries but have become talking points once Rajini pronounced them at the 'Kamal 60' function.  The choreographer turned actor-director to those who criticize Rajini that he is out for publicity and that he has aged points out that the word Superstar is the biggest publicity and one should see him walk briskly to understand his real age.

Lawrence expressed his confidence on A.R. Murugadoss whose films carry strong messages and predicted that 'Darbar' will be a bigger mass hit than Superstar's all-time record-breaker 'Baashaa'.  Nivetha Thomas who is playing a pivotal role in the film requested Rajini that she would love to cook food for him to which the doyen showed his thumbs up.  Director Shankar, Vivek, Yogi Babu and producer Subashkaran were among the other celebrities who spoke at the occasion while leading lady Nayanthara was conspicuous by her absence. The crowd was treated to a live performance of the 'Darbar' songs by Anirudh and other singers.

The Superstar enthralled his fans by sharing his memories at the recently-held audio launch function of his upcoming film ‘Darbar’

You do not rub Rajinikanth the wrong way. It is an unwritten rule in the film industry.

But there was a time in the late ’70s, when the Superstar had yet to come into his own, and had yet to evolve into the leading man in his movies, when a producer straight up questioned his worth in Tamil cinema. Rajinikanth shared this memory of his with his fans at the audio launch of Darbar, which is directed by AR Murugadoss.

It was January 1977, a week after Bharathiraja’s 16 Vayathinile released.

“I had done a few films until that point, but it was Parattai (Rajini’s character in the film) that took me to the nooks and crannies of Tamil Nadu,” Rajini recollected.

At this time, a producer (whose name the actor did not reveal) approached him with an offer for a “good character role” in a film with another actor in the lead.

“I had the dates. So, we discussed the remuneration. I started the bargaining at ₹10,000, and eventually settled for ₹6,000. And, it was a practice to pay a token sum as advance, whether ₹100 or ₹200. I asked for ₹1,000 as advance, and the producer said that he did not have any money on him then. He told me that he’d pay the advance when the production manager would come around the next day to formalise the agreement,” Rajini said.

When the production manager arrived, he had no clue that he was to pay Rajinikanth. The actor added that he went to a telephone booth in the neighbourhood, and rang up the producer who assured him that he would receive his advance before he applied his make-up at the shoot location the next day. When the money still did not make it to his hands, Rajini objected.

“The production manager told me that the hero had arrived, and asked me to get make-up done. I refused,” he added.

After the stand-off led to a delay, Rajini recalled that a white ambassador tore into AVM Studios, and out stepped the producer.

“He told me, ‘Ennada? Nee enna periya artiste ah? Hero va nee? Unna madhiri ethana pera pathirukken. Etho konjam padam pannita, advance vaangama make-up poda maatiya? Unakku character kedayathu, poda!” (Do you think yourself to be a hero? You won’t work until you get an advance, is it? You have no role in the film. Get out!)

And when Rajinikanth asked the producer for his car to be dropped back at his home, the latter refused. “I had left home without any money on me,” the actor said.

A star is bornThis exchange startled Rajinikanth, and as he walked out of AVM Studios, the strangest thing happened to him.

“There were people in buses and on the street who saw me and yelled, ‘Eh Parattai! Ithu epdi irukku?’” said Rajini. For the uninitiated, ‘Ithu epdi irukku’ was sort of a catchphrase that Rajini’s character Parattai used in 16 Vayathinile. The present-day Arcot Road that leads to AVM Studios, the star recalled, was dotted with posters of the film with this dialogue printed in bold font.

“I thought people were making fun at my situation. It did not strike me that they were repeating my dialogue,” Rajini said, adding, to raucous applause and cheers from his fans, “But… that day I decided that if, one day, I do not come down this road to AVM Studios, sitting inside a foreign car with one leg over the other… then I’m not Rajinikanth!”

Two-and-a-half years passed, and the star paid ₹4.25 lakh for an Italian-made Fiat car owned by the proprietors of AVM Studios.

“It would be wrong to attribute the kind of success I achieved in that short span of time to my hard work and talent. It was the time, and there were people who believed in me. It applies even today. No one can win with just their intelligence and work, that is only 10% of what contributes to their success. Everything requires a time, place and a circumstance… and the blessings of people,” the actor said.



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