(Hindi) Music Release Function
Megastar Rajnikanth today said that Amitabh Bachchan is
his inspiration and guru.
"He (Amitabh) is my inspiration, role model and guru,"
said Rajnikanth after the music release of his upcoming
mega budget film Robot in Mumbai tonight.
The music was released by Amitabh Bachchan. While the
lyrics are by Swanand Kirkire, the music has been
composed by Oscar-winner AR Rahman.
The two megastars shared the dais after three years. The
last time Rajnikanth was in Mumbai was to show his movie
Shivaji to Amitabh.
"We have done films like Andha Kanoon, Giraftar, Hum,
and I can never forget the love, affection and care he
showered on me," said the 60-year-old South Indian film
"I have always valued his advise while taking important
decisions," he added.
Regarding Robot, he said he has worked with
director Shankar in Shivaji too. But this role was tough
and challenging, he said.
Kamal Hassan and Shah Rukh Khan were approached for this
role earlier. But I do not know what happened. 'Dane
Dane pe likha hai khane wale ka nam' (May be, I was
destined to get it)", he said.
Rajnikanth said the film's budget is about Rs150-160
crore as it was technically very superior. But this
alone cannot be the criterion for success.
Citing the superhit Sholay, which will complete
35 years of its release tomorrow, he said it is historic
and a megahit film. "It became a hit not because of its
budget or multi-star cast. It was successful because of
the subject, characters, sentiments and human motions
involved," he added.
Similarly, Robot has an excellent story and
characterisation. Mega budget adds to this, he said
adding he is extremely pleased and satisfied with the
way the movie has turned out.
He said it is the first of its kind sci-fi movie and he
is very happy about it.
Responding to Rajni's comments, Amitabh said the
southern star was a true son-of-the-soil.
"I had a long association with Rajni and value him as a
friend and colleague. He is truly a son-of the soil who
is admired and loved by every Indian," said Amitabh.
"I admire him because of his tender heart and humility.
He is so grounded despite the adulation and fame he has
enjoyed throughout his career. Given his humble
beginning, Rajni is an example for every Indian. His
simplicity, honesty, and down-to-the-earth nature have
always impressed me," he said.
The movie's director Shankar said that Robot is
slated for a September release. The movie is about a
scientist who creates a robot which looks exactly like
him, he said.
"This is not a Tamil, Telugu or a Hindi film. It is an
Indian film because it brings together best creative
talent from India and abroad," he added.