Received Best Actor Award for the Year 1999 (Tamil Nadu
14 Jan 2001
Rajinikanth spoke on "Who should govern?"
during the award distribution function held in Chennai
for the best actor, actress.
Challenges Faced in Padayappa
been a year since I spoke in a public function. I am
speaking today after a gap of 1 year. Padayappa has
bagged 5 of the Tamil Nadu government's awards. Bagging
the 5 awards including Best Actor and Best film gives me
During the shooting process, the crew
started debating 'Whether my character or Ramya’s
Neelambari character would win over the people?’ At one
stage, director K.S. Ravikumar and some crew members
asked me, 'Are we shooting for Padayappa or Neelambari?
After naming the film as Padayappa and if we make the
film allowing Neelambari to dominate, what shall we do
if your fans create trouble and attack our houses after
the release? We need to downplay Ramya’s character'
Never weaken enemy in an unjust manner
I replied to them saying, 'Characterisation
is good. Isn't it? Go ahead. Never should you weaken
your enemy in an unjust manner. Neither should you
look down upon them as weak. You should always be alert
and sharp. We should grow stronger. Once we do these,
the enemy will automatically become weaker. He will
lose. So, don't worry about these things. Go ahead as we
had planned and scripted. Don't change anything. If
Neelambari dominates, I will look after it.' This film
was thus shot with this kind of a challenge to me.
saw Kamal in Ramya Krishnan
When Ramya Krishnan stood before me as
Neelambari, I felt that Kamal Haasan himself, with Avvai
Shanmugi makeup, is standing before me as Neelambari.
So, to act in every frame I had put-in lot of efforts.
Who won this contest? Is it me or Neelambari or
director? - has to be decided by the people. I have won
in their hearts.
Effect of a Pen
Today I have to congratulate Kalaignar
because this is his own function. Many things happened
during Dr. Rajkumar's abduction. Some people announced
that we should not send ‘Mission’;
we should not send an emissary. Because, they felt that
these would fail. Few among the press - just a few -
were suggesting spoiling this plan somehow.
Dr.Rajkumar’s life Vs 40 lakhs Tamil
They were worried only about Dr
Rajkumar's life, but forgot that the livelihood of 40
lakh Tamils residing in Karnataka is entangled with
this. There is a saying in Tamil
'Aavadum pennaale, azhivadum pennaale' -
meaning woman can be the source of either creation or
destruction. There’s also a variation in that 'Aavadum
pen-naale, azhivadum pen-naale'. I didn’t say this.
Swamy Sachidananda, who being born in Tamil Nadu has
been preaching about divinity for 38 years in
Nobody knows the pain Kalaignar
During the period of Dr. Rajkumar's
abduction, nobody knows better than me, the effort and
pains taken by Kalaignar. He was very much focussed and
passionate for Dr. Rajkumar's release, for the safety of
40 lakh Tamils living in Karnataka.
At the same time, Kalaignar could
understand the sufferings of an artiste - who has toiled
to establish himself for the past 40-50 years and now at
his age of 72-73 years has to suffer in the forest as a
captive. I am duty-bound to thank Kalaignar for his
efforts to obtain the release of Dr. Rajkumar.
Next, my fans are very anxious about when
I would start my next film and when it would release. Me
too am anxious about it.
An actor’s age Vs his market
Some say that I have grown old; I am not
capable of doing anything. For them, I would just say
... if an actor's film gets released and till the people
flock to watch it, till there are distributors willing
to buy that actor's films, till the producers wait in
front of that actor's house - that actor is a 20 year
young man even if he is 70 years of age. If there are no
people to watch, no distributors to buy, no producers to
make a film with an actor, then that actor is a 70 year
old man despite him being 20 years of age. (Yaaraiyo
solraaru thalaivar. Yaarainnu thaan puriyala!)
Fate of a country and it governance
all know how big Padayappa has turned out to be.
Everyone works in a film expecting it to be a success.
No one makes a film to run for a day or a week. How
every man has a fate, similarly every film has a fate,
every song has a fate, and every written word has one.
Why? Every country has a fate. Who’s should rule and
when? Fate decides everything. Those who know this and
understand this will remain silent. And those who don't
know – will keep on predicting…prediction about rulers.
(Therinjavanga amaidhiya iruppaanga. Theriyaadhavanga
kuri sollikittu thirivaanga)
On this auspicious day I convey my Pongal
wishes to all of you. I pray to God to grant a good fate
to Tamil film industry and to the state of Tamil Nadu."
(Later, AIADMK won the 2001 general
elections with absolute majority and Jaya captured the
throne again thereby breaking all speculations.)
Rajini will not sit as long as
Kalaignar stands - Vairamuthu finds it
Vairamuthu's speech in the same function:
"Here, for more than 35 minutes, Chief Minister
Kalaignar was standing and distributing the awards. At
that time, an interesting episode took place between
Kalaignar and Superstar.
Rajinikanth standing, Kalaignar affectionately said 'You
sit down. Why are you standing?' for which Rajinikanth
replied 'I will not sit while you are standing.' - Do
you know what this demonstrates? This demonstrates 'I
will stand as long as he stands', that Rajinikanth will
stand till Kalaignar is standing.
Aishwarya Rajini - surprising
function had another importance. Superstar’s elder
daughter Aishwarya participated along with her parents
in the function and media persons were allowed to take
snaps. (Till then the taking photographs of both the
daughters were not allowed and they were kept other side
from public eyes. This is was just to prevent their
privacy. Because, Superstar was very particular that his
star status shouldn't be a burden to his children.
As per my knowledge, in this function
alone many outsiders came to know how Aishwarya Rajini
would look like. Even before this a few photographs of
both the daughters were leaked - but they were not much
prominent like this.
All those who spoke at the above function
said that Kalaignar would win the forthcoming elections
(2001) and retain the power. Each and every speaker
including the awardees too predicted this in the stage
and said, "Kalaignar would retain the throne in the
coming elections surely and it is our wish too!!" But
Superstar didn't utter even a single word about it nor
he predicted or wished Kalaignar that he would win the
elections. He knows all. He carefully weaved the speech
and also stressed that destiny is mightier. And as you
knew, Jaya won the elections and became CM.