Superstar's First Stage Show - Singapore - October 1991
of you all knew that Rajini performed show in Singapore
and Malaysia after the success of Baasha in 1995. Did
you all know that Rajini did a guest performance before
this function in Singapore? Yes, the show was performed
in the year 1992 (just before the release of Paandian).
This show was performed by Mrs Latha Rajinikanth and
Rajini was the guest of honour for this show. This show
was arranged by Indian Movie News (Well known cinema
magazine in Singapore and Malaysia).
The arrival of Rajini at airport was announced in radio
and newspaper casually. Singapore Radio promised to give
Rajini interview at the Airport. When the flight arrived,
the organisers, media and Singapore Airport Personnels
were shocked to see the huge crowd at the arrival hall
with welcome paper cuttings. They didn't expect that much
crowd and the airport officials were unhappy with the
organisers for not informing them on the arrival of well
known figure. Even the organisers didn't expect it too!
Police were invited and they managed to calm the fans.
After much discussion, the airport staff and police
decided to use VIP exit to bring Rajini out of the
airport. All the fans gathered at the airport were
disappointed. Tamil Radio interviewed our Thalaivar in the
car while driving towards the airport. Rajini was little
tensed and he spoke little words. All the newspaper and tv
channel including English channel covered his arrival news
exclusively on the next day.
The show was performed in Singapore Indoor Stadium which
has 12,000 seating capacity. At that time, not much of NRI
residing in Singapore and mostly local singaporeans
occupied the hall. There were some Malaysians traveled all
the way Singapore to see Rajini. Singaporeans love Rajini
movies and they have not seen him in live shows or
functions. They are thrilled and excited to see our
Thalaivar live. They are ready to pay any amount even
though Rajini is just a guest for this show (who is not
going act or dance but confirmed that he is going to give
a short speech). The tickets were sold few days before the
The show started with 2 songs from Mrs Latha but
everyone's eyes were searching for one and one Thalaivar
Rajini. Without any announcement, "Annanukku Jai,
Thalaivannukku Jai" song from Murattukalai was played and
superstar was carried by 4 persons to the stage. Everyone
in the stadium was excited and stood to welcome our
superstar with thundorous claps. Thalaivar waved hand to
all the audience for few seconds and followed by that he
was directed to be seatted in the first row.
Mrs Latha Rajinikanth musical programme and Chinni Jeyanth
comedy show went on for 2 hours and everyone were waiting
for Thalaivar's speech. Finally, Mrs Latha announced that
she will be singing all type of Rajini songs continously
for 20 mins and the show will end with superstar's speech.
The fans get restless and clapped for all the songs she
When she sang "Adikuthu Kuliru" from Mannan, she slowly
walked towards Rajini and when the turn "Athu Sari Athu
Sari" came, she just placed the mic to Rajini and he
uttered "Athu Sari Athu Sari" with a shy smile. All the
fans get excited and clapped.
When Mrs Latha sang "Raakamma Kaiyathattu", she walked
down the stage again and holded Rajini's hand and walked
back to the stage. The song was going on and Rajini was
standing in the stage with all the whistle and claps from
the audience was going on. Mrs Latha and dance group were
requesting Rajini to join them and he was little hesistant
and shy. Out of sudden, he stylishly he spreaded his foot
and started to do the dance movement, same like what he
did in Thalapthy. That was really marvellous and everyone
was thrilled and all stood whistled. He did it only for 15
seconds and the enjoyment they had at the moment was
Finally, Rajini gave a speech. He spoke fluently and
comfotably for 20 mins. He spoke all type of issues such
as childhood days, spiritual, cinema, politics, etc.
Rajini received a lot of claps for some of his comments.
Rajini received very good claps for the following comments
1. Rajini commented about this show and informed that the
show is little slow and it takes time between each song.
It should be fast (takku takkunu pogannum) and should not
drag it as it will make the audience to be bored.
2. He spoke about himself and explained that he was a
coolie, bus conductor, etc and he expressed that he is a
ordinary man (naan romba saathana aalunga)
3. His favourite politician was Singapore Prime Minster
Lee Kuan Yew.
After his speech, Rajini donated S$5,000 to National
Kidney Foundation (NKF) and Mr Durai received on behalf of