Rajinikanth in a still from Lingaa
FANS FROM THE CITY AND EVEN FROM AS FAR AS JAPAN ARE BRAVING THE DOWNPOUR TO QUEUE UP CINEMA HALLS TO WATCH SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH’S LATEST MOVIE,LINGAA
Today is a special day for rainwashed Chennai. Fans from the city and even from as far as Japan are braving the downpour to queue up cinema halls to watch superstar Rajinikanth’s latest movie, Lingaa. It is a double celebration, for today is also Rajinikanth’s 64th birthday.
As per usual, posters of Rajinikanth were anointed with milk early this morning – a ritual that is followed religiously each time a new movie starring the actor, nicknamed Thalaiva or ‘leader’ releases.
Lingaa, which co-stars actresses Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty, is also special because it is the first live action film that Rajinikanth features in after Endhiran. His last film was the animated Kochadaiiyaan– Lingaafeatures him in the role that he is best-known and loved for, that of a stylish wise-cracking action hero. The excitement in Chennai, it is fair to say, is at industrial strength. A local fan told NDTV: “The film releasing on Thalaiva’s birthday is the ultimate celebration. Thank you Thalaiva, thank you producers and director forgiving us this movie. You will break all the box office records and even Mumbai box office too. ”
Lingaa, accused of plagiarism by filmmaker Ravi Rathinam, is releasing today in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi after the producers agreed to abide by a Madras High Court decision that required a Rs 5 crore deposit be made by noon today with a bank guarantee of an additional Rs 5 crores.