Magazine - 2004
"People always cast their votes out
of emotion, anger or sympathy" - Rajini
Q: There are lot of
rumours regarding "Jaggubhai". People are debating -
Will it start? Will it be postponed? - What's exactly
A: We were supposed to start in July. But, till Aug 15
(2004) people say that it is a "Soonya Madham".
(inauspicious). After Aug 15 we will start it
Q: In the still
published during its announcement your get-up resembles
Osama-Bin-Laden. A rifle by your side, "kumkum" tilak on
your forehead, "Rudraksham" in your neck. What do they
A: To many people Jaggubhai appears to be an urgent
announcement. But, that's not true. That is a story
which has been in my mind since 20 years. I have heard
many stories for my next film, but none of them could
satisfy me. I then narrated the story in my mind to
Ravikumar. He said "Its good. We can do this." The
picture you are referring is very significant to the
movie. When you see the movie you will understand that.
Q: Who is the heroine?
A: We are talking to Aishwarya Rai. The heroine role in
this film is not as in other movies. In this story, the
heroine's role is very important. This role has similar
importance as Neelambari's role in Padayappa. Actually,
Padayappa's Neelambari should have been portrayed by
Aishwarya Rai herself, but was not possible. One of her
English films got postponed ... probably she will do it.
Q: Many commented that
the Neelambari role was characterised based CM
Jayalalitha. Is there something similar kind of politics
A: Nothing like that. Politics was never there. But,
there is that style, that mannerism, that speed ...
Jaggubhai's ad-phrase - “God, save me from my friends,
my enemies I can deal with
myself!” What does this mean?
A: (laughs) Even that's from the story itself ... at one
stage the hero feels that his friends have done this to
him. Not just in politics, in cinema, even friends from
general life hurt us sometimes isn't it? They way they
behave ... doesn't these affect you? That's what this
Friends are more important than mother, father and guru.
If they are not good, nothing else will be good. Aren't
bad habits cultivated from friends? Selecting your
friends is more important than selecting your spouse.
Q: Kalaignar, people who
are with him - can we categorise them as "friends" ?
A: Ha .. ha .. ha .. (a small silence after the laugh).
Kalaignar is a man of very high stature. Everyone knows
that he is a friend ... I am not keen on telling other
Q: Did you talk to
Kalaignar after the elections?
A: No. I have congratulated all those who got
ministries. Isn't it a civilised custom to congratulate
the winners? But, that does not mean we should talk ill
of those who lost. Can we go to those questions without
Q: Before you acquired
the Superstar image we could see a different Rajini in
various films. But, later we could see only Superstar
formula films. After Baba, now in recent times, people
like Bala, Dharani, Selvaraghavan, Gautham are creating
a new trend. Will your forthcoming film take all these
A: When there is certain expectations from me, I can't
change them. For technical excellence we are definitely
using good technicians. We always maintain a good
standard. But, people expect hero and heroism from me.
Isn't it? So, I can't come out of that track. This is
the reason for me not doing many films. Now, I don't
have to do anything for money or fame. By God's grace I
have got them everything in plenty. I am not sure if
people will like if I do a different kind of film ...
the investment is also high ... and so I am slightly
keeping myself away. (laughs).
distributors, theatre owners - all of them agree
wholeheartedly on one thing. "Next to MGR, only Rajini
films are pouring profits". MGR had a political vision.
In your films too many scenes, dialogues, punch
dialogues have created a kind of expectation about you
in the minds of people. But, why is it that you have not
entered politics directly?
A: I wanted to clear this issue from a long time. This
is one opportunity. (seriously). I will tell you a
example .. "I don't know when will I come, how will I
come. But, I will come at the appointed time." - this is
a dialogue from 'Muthu'. In this, did I say that I will
come to politics? Even when this was scripted I asked
whether this was required .. people said "let it be
there". Achachacho .. My God!! After the release, what
all did the media write ... Will he come? Won't he come?
What is that he is telling? ... how many guesses like
these! Sir, I am not yet convinced with politics. I
haven't even dreamt of many things that have occurred in
my life. But, they have happened. Really I do not know
what is going to happen tomorrow. Then, how can I tell
anything decisively now? Nothing is in my hand. My
strength is my fearlessness. I haven't feared of
anything or anybody. I don't have to speak anything with
the intention of scaring anyone. I haven't feared when I
did not have a single penny in my pocket. Now, when I
have crores will I fear for anything? (laughs heartily)
Q: Then, in future if
the circumstances are created, can we consider that you
might enter politics?
A: I don't know! Can you predict what will happen in
next 2 years? (Points to the Pooja room) Whatever anyone
thinks, its more important for the God to think. I am a
strong believer of destiny. I just proceed in my life
accepting whatever comes in my way.
Q: You are the one who
popularised "linking of rivers". What is its state now?
A: Its regrettable that the politicians do not have a
foresight in this project. Only statesmen will have a
long-vision, not politicians. KS Rao has spoken on this
project many years ago. If this was started then itself,
will it not have been complete by now? Leave it. Even if
we start now, hey, let it take even 40 years to
complete, will not our future generation benefit from
this? Money is not a problem at all ... then shouldn't
this be started? What will happen by only me speaking on
this project? Henceforth I will not speak on this
project ... only if everyone seriously think on this
project there will be progress. Even Kalaignar has
spoken on this ... I was even surprised by this. The
night, previous to the day I spoke on this project in a
press meet, he too has spoken on this project. Everyone
should speak ... act. The car ('thaer' in Tamil) moves
only if all the people pull, isn't it? If this
fructifies, how many people will have employment, how
many industries will prosper? How many people will
benefit! ... How important this work is!
People say that many places will be submerged if the
rivers are linked ... ?
A: For 100 people to benefit difficulties will befall on
10 people. Do you know the significance of "Bhoomi Pooja"
(ground breaking ritual)? Many insects, worms and other
living beings are living in the place where we are to
construct a house and lead our life. "Bhoomi Pooja" is a
ritual of asking their forgiveness. Vajpayee is very
interested in this project. He has spoken open-heartedly
on this with me.
Q: "My vote is for BJP"
- what is the reason behind this public announcement?
A: I have already spoken on this clearly. Though many
politicians and political parties have spoken about
linking the rivers, I think that only BJP is serious
about implementing it. Since I have contacts with them
on this, I felt it possible to contact them personally
and stress upon this project. That's all. Else, if I
wish to enter politics I will enter directly and not
pointing towards others.
Q: Your take on clash
with Dr. Ramadoss?
A: This election was swept by a massive wave. Not just a
man, but even a banyan tree would have been washed away
with it. With regards to Dr. Ramadoss we just showed our
protest. A protest in a democratic way. I am not 'man'
if I don't speak even after seeing the way they attacked
my fans in Madurai. The people who are asking now "why I
spoke?" will also have asked "Why I did not speak?" had
I not spoken.
Q: Everyone knows PMK's
opposition to Baba. Now that they have won in all the 6
constituencies, if their opposition to your Jaggubhai is
A: Fine. There will be a election in 2006. We will be
more strong in our protest against them. (A hearty
laugh). Major leaders like Kamaraj have faced defeat.
When compared to them, people like Rajinikanth are
nothing. What is election? Pass or Fail - that's all.
Congratulations to those who have passed. I don't think
that they will oppose Jagghubhai. They said that me
smoking cigarette on screen is a problem. What can he do
in this? 1000 cinema tickets are equivalent to 1 vote.
He is not foolish to lose many such votes. People are
watching. I don't think that the cinema industry will
also be silent for long. Then we anyways have the courts
of justice. (Again a hearty laugh)
Q: Do you think that the
clash between you and Ramadoss will continue?
A: Kalaignar has helped a lot in this issue. The clash
between me and Ramadoss could have gone in a different
way. During and after the elections if it has been
peaceful on both the sides, the reason behind that is
Kalaignar. Both - me and Dr. Ramadoss - should thank him
Q: What is your take on
this election result?
A: People in our country (Rajini might have meant only
TN. But I have interpreted for the entire country)
always cast their vote in either anger or emotionally or
in sympathy. We cannot infer that decision to be right
always. But, one thing is pretty clear - people are
watching everything silently. They are saying that they
will vent their anger at the right time.
Q: Did you get an invite
for Stalin's daughter's wedding?
A: I received the invite. But, not in a formal way.
Politics is different from such private function. I
could have been invited in a better way.
Q: DMK, ADMK - people
are definitely fed-up with the option of only these two.
The third place is vacant from long. Will you fill this
A: (Laughs) You have come back to the
same question. I have already told ... when the owner
called God orders, this worker has to do it. Nothing is
in my hands .. its there!! (pointing towards Swamy