Rajinikanth and Bollywood: How stars are wooing Thalaiva before their film releases

Sreedhar Pillai

Dec 21, 2016 12:50:03 IST

It may sound funny, but Bollywood superstars like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan seem to be bitten by the Rajinikanth bug.

Here's proof: Akshay Kumar is doing 2.0 with Rajinikanth, and Salman Khan came to the first-look function of the film in Mumbai just to say hello to Thalaiva. They all want the South Indian superstar to endorse their films in some way or other and shine in his reflected stardom.

As Aamir Khan’s Dangal is ready for release with versions in Tamil and Telugu, the actor has started heaping praises for Rajinikanth in all his media interactions.

Rajinikanth and Bollywood: How stars are wooing Thalaiva before their film releases

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In an interview to Indian Express, he said that Thalivar encouraged team Dangal and he loved the film after watching it at a sneak preview: “Dangal is being dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. I did approach Rajini sir to dub for my character in the film. But later after discussing with him both he and I felt that his voice is too recognisable. He is so popular that his voice won't suit my face. We both felt that. But he loved the film. He was very encouraging. So I would love to act with them in a Tamil film. He is someone I have been a huge fan of all along, so if I get a chance to work with him I would love that.”

The local media took it up and Aamir Khan’s Dangal got nearly 100 screens for its dubbed Tamil version.

The film, which releases on the Christmas weekend on December 23, leads the advance booking race in Chennai city where it is pitted against two other major Tamil films: Vishal’s Kaththi Sandai and Sasikumar’s Balle Vellai Thevaa.

Meanwhile Rakesh Roshan said he had called up Rajinikanth to wish him on his birthday (December 12).  Roshan and Rajini were close buddies in the roaring 80s when they used to party together and had worked together in the 1986 pot boiler Bhagwaan Dada.

Rajinikanth told Rakesh that he had seen Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil trailer and he loved it.  He is reported to have told Roshan Sr: “I have watched the Tamil, Hindi and Telugu trailers of Kaabil and I simply loved it. I also think Hrithik is stupendous. Please tell him that I am eagerly awaiting the film.”  This story will be updated closer to release as Hrithik and Kaabil team is coming to Chennai in January to promote the Tamil version.

This craze of Bollywood actors wanting a piece of Rajinikanth (so to speak) started three years back with Shah Rukh Khan, who paid a tribute to the superstar with his 'Thalaiva' song, better known as 'Lungi Dance' in Chennai Express. In fact the Lungi dance, made the film a blockbuster in Tamil Nadu.


Updated Date: Dec 21, 2016 12:50:03 IST