Rajinikanth lost out to Ranbir Kapoor in north India

Superstar Rajnikanth rocked the box office down south with Endhiran, but the Hindi version of the mega budget sci-fi outing Robot lost out to Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor’s mushy antics in Anjaana Anjaani in the northern region, where audiences are opting for the young romance saga. The Ranbir-Priyanka Chopra starrer earned around Rs.260 million in the initial weekend, while Robot, which […]

Is Rajinikanth’s aura waning?

New Delhi: The fan clubs are going into hysterical cartwheels over their demi-god ’s new release. But do you know anyone who has really liked the garbled politics of Rajinikanth in his latest film Kaala? Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, the two pillars of the Tamil film industry, so to speak, are at the crossroads. Should they be […]

Actor Rajinikanth calls off political plunge citing health concerns

CHENNAI: Megastar Rajinikanth announced on Tuesday that he will not be taking the political plunge days before he was to formally launch his party. Rajinikanth, who was released from a hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday after being treated for blood pressure fluctuations called it a “a warning from God” and that his campaign would impact […]

Superstar Rajinikanth discharged from Hyderabad’s Apollo hospital, advised one week bedrest

Tamil superstar-politician Rajinikanth discharged from Apollo hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday. Apollo Hospital Hyderabad, where the 70-year-old actor was undergoing treatment, issued a statement on Sunday informing about the actor’s health condition and sharing the news of his discharge. The statement reads: “Mr Rajinikanth was admitted to the hospital on 25 December 2020 with severe […]

No Reconsideration’: Rajinikanth categorically says ‘no’ to politics again

Chennai: Top star Rajinikanth on Monday urged his fans not to organise any events insisting on him to reconsider his decision against political entry and hurt him more, saying he has already made known his position. A day after his fans held an agitation here in a bid to make him reverse his recent decision, […]

Rajinikanth honoured with Dada Saheb Phalke award; PM Modi calls it a ‘matter of immense joy’

South superstar Rajinikanth will be honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2019. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, on Thursday, took to Twitter to announce the news, describing his contribution as actor, producer and screenwriter as “iconic.” Javadekar also thanked the jury which consisted of singers Asha Bhosle, Shankar Mahadevan, film-maker Subhash Ghai, […]

Rajinikanth to be bestowed with Dada Saheb Phalke award

Superstar Rajinikanth will be bestowed with the Dada Saheb Phalke award, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Thursday. “India every year gives Dada Saheb Phalke award to a film personality. This year this selection has been made by a jury comprising Asha Bhonsle, Mohanlal, Biswajit Chatterjee, Shankar Mahadevan and Subhash Ghai. “They unanimously […]

Coffee with Rajinikanth

While theaters in Tamil Nadu are trying to cope with Rajini mania after the release of Endhiran, coffee shops too seem to be capitalising on the fan fever. The Spring, in Chennai, is a cozy hang out for die hard Rajini fans. The coffee shop is unique for more reasons than one. Not just its […]

I feel awkward doing romantic scenes, says Rajinikanth

A polite query at the God’s gates: “Are you from Mumbai?” “Yes”. The gates swing open quickly, the security guards relax and Man Friday in a crisp white dhoti comes forward. A tray with hot filter coffee and cool moru (buttermilk) is offered. Latha, who is recovering from a lousy bout of flu, keeps you company. Minutes […]

Robot opens to full house at 4am

CHENNAI/MUMBAI: Why would someone go to a theatre at 5am to watch a Rajinikanth movie? Because tickets were not available for the 4am show. Chennai shut shop early on Thursday over worries on which way the Ayodhya verdict would swing, but now it seems it was only to queue up before daybreak for the first […]

Ahead of Rajinikanth’s 2.o release, telecom operators protest ‘anti-scientific attitude’ in movie

CHENNAI: Director Shankar’s 2.o, starring actors Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, has run into controversy just ahead its worldwide release with the cellular network operators filing a complaint against the movie for promoting “obscurantist and anti-scientific attitudes against mobile phones, towers and mobile services.” The Cellular Association of India also argued that the movie was against […]

Rajinikanth remembers dear friend Vivekh, recalls memories of working with him in Sivaji

Superstar Rajinikanth on Saturday took to Twitter to pay his last respects to his dear friend Vivekh. He wrote that the news of Vivekh’s demise came as a huge shock to him. Rajinikanth also recalled the memories of working with him in director Shankar’s Sivaji: The Boss. Vivekh breathed his last on April 17 at around 4.45 […]

Book excerpt: When Rajinikanth and Bharathiraja were at loggerheads over Cauvery issue

When he returned to Chennai after his Bangalore sojourn, Rajinikanth had to face some harsh realities. When he had left his place of birth many years ago, in search of new shores to carve out a decent life, he was not really aware of some of the affiliations that would become weightier as his fame […]

Every time Dhanush spoke about being compared to Rajinikanth

Ever since Dhanush married Aishwarya Rajinikanth in 2005, the VIP actor faced many media questions that compared him with Rajinikanth. Dhanush had even used Rajinikanth’s old film names Polladhavan (2007) and Mappillai (2011) for his new films. The phenomenal growth of Rajinikanth, like a star, across various states also attributed to media comparing Dhanush with his father-in-law. While we have seen […]

Rajnikanth dedicates award to ‘bus driver’, friend who pushed the star to opt for acting

New Delhi: As congratulatory messages poured in all through Thursday after it was announced that he would be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, superstar Rajinikanth took to Twitter to convey thanks and gratitude. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government of India, as well as several others including Raj Bahadur, the bus driver […]