Chennai: “That day is yet to come; I have lots to do. Good times for Tamil Nadu will soon arrive,” said superstar Rajnikanth at the music CD launch of his latest movie, ‘Kaala’ at YMCA Stadium, Chennai.
Talking about the movie, the legend said, “Yes, there is politics in Kaala, but it is not a political movie.”
A bit unusual, the event saw Rajnikanth talking at length about various topics. touching upon politics, criticizing cinematic realm, even taunting certain producers as well.
He said that it’s been 40 years that criticizers have been working against me, but in vain.
Perhaps the reason for his lengthy speech, the superstar said, “For me, this is not just an audio launch; it’s a celebration of success. In my life as an actor, my last hit was Shivaji. Though Enthiran was a hit, we could not celebrate its success since I was under treatment in Singapore. Later, with your well wishes and co-operation, I made a comeback with Kochadaiyan; but it was not a commercial success. The reason for that movie to fail was because I worked with some people who saw themselves better than anyone else. It is good to work with great artists, but dangerous to work with those who think they are way better, because, they may wish for a lot of things, all of which may not work.
Then I chose Lingaa since it was based on my long cherished dream of river unification. However, the failure of Lingaa taught me that I cannot romance very young heroines anymore. After two of my films flopped, a section of people wrote me off. But I was not surprised at that because they had been doing so, from the last 40 years,” said Rajnikanth with a smile.
Talking about Kaala, he was all praises for its director Ranjith. “It was my daughter Soundarya who introduced Ranjith to me for Kabali. He came across as a very hard working, non-opportunistic personality. He is one person who wants every member of his team to succeed as well. Though I liked the story of Kabali, I was concerned with the slow pace of the movie. But that concern was only till I saw its producer Thanu embracing Ranjith and praising him about the emotional connect that the movie would create with the audience. Needless to say, Kabali was indeed a huge success. But I told Ranjith that he should not seek feedback from my fans in the first three days, since they usually don’t like my slow paced movies; for them, I always have to reach my target in super-speed.” With this remark, he criticized his fans also albeit mildly.
“I was observing the growth of Wunderbar Films (Film Production House of his daughter Soundarya and husband & actor Dhanush). They don’t have any debts; very professional in their approach. Dhanush and his team complete and release a movie as per schedule. I once asked my daughter Soundarya, if her husband had any plans to make a movie with me as the hero, to which she told me to ask him, and Dhanush reacted by saying that he was waiting for my instructions. It was after this that he narrated the story of Vettrimaaran which was heavily based on politics. But at that time, I was not that into politics. A bit afterwards, this beautiful story by Ranjith with Dharavi as the backdrop came along. The story of this movie was about the status differences among people. I agreed for it on just one condition – to make a Rajni movie in Ranjith style.”
Also praising co-actor Nana Patekar, Rajnikanth said, “In my cinematic life, Antony from Basha and Neelambari from Padayappa were the strongest villains, and now, Hari Dada, is the third strong villain. He has given an incredible performance in this movie. People in Bollywood often say that it is not easy to handle Nana Patekar, but Ranjith was able to achieve that also through love.”