Rajni's lines on
politics deleted to please fans
15 Aug 2008
CHENNAI: Demystifying the superstar and making him
appear as an ordinary actor mouthing dialogues written
by a faceless script writer is not all that easy. The
makers of 'Kuselan
' have realised this and removed a Rajnikanth
dialogue from the movie.
Asked by one of the characters in the movie why the
superstar doesn't enter politics after repeatedly
delivering dialogues that indicate his imminent entry
into politics, Rajnikanth replies: "These words were
written by a dialogue writer. What can I do if you treat
them as real." Rajnikanth fans were upset with this and
appealed to director P Vasu to remove them from the
film. Vasu obliged.
It all started when Rajnikanth delivered the dialogue
'eppo varuvein, eppadi
varuvein theriyadhu, vara vendiya nerathil varuvein' (
I don't know when or how I will make an
appearance , but I will come at the right time) in the
film 'Muthu' (
1995). The dialogue achieved a cult status in Tamil
For more than two decades, politicians and his fans have
waited on those words, willing it, even wishing it, to
translate into an announcement of his entry into
politics. These dialogues were top of the charts during
every election, and the guessing game of 'will he, won't
he' did the rounds with unfailing regularity.
Through all the speculations, Rajnikanth remained
noncommittal . When director P Vasu attempted to change
the status quo in 'Kuselan'
by having the superstar attribute his dialogues
to the dialogue writer, fans just rejected it. They sent
fax messages to the director objecting to such a
presentation. " How can you (Rajnikanth) say that?
Whatever you say has made an impact on us. We always
felt you spoke from the heart."
"When Rajnikanth realised that his fans were hurt and
let down by the words, he requested me to respect their
feelings," said Vasu. "Even while making the film, I had
a needling doubt as to how his fans would react to this
dialogue, and when they expressed anguish, I immediately
had them removed," he added.
The last two films of Rajnikanth had seen less doses of
political innuendoes. However, his appearance as
'mottai boss' in
the magic name of MGR sent his fans into a tizzy. If
Rajnikanth had his lines, his fans always tried to read