Well, Chennai saw the extravagant opening for Thalaivar’s Magnum Opus Kabali and how could we miss that celebration!
Bus conductor and stage artist Shivaji Rao from Karnataka to World Superstar Rajnikanth. This happened when the stage actor decided to take up the Film School in Madras looking for a career in the Film Industry.
The வந்தாரை வாழவைக்கும் சென்னை , accepted this man like everyone else but took him to a whole new level. His sophisticated acting style and his mere stage presence is more than enough to create the mass quotient.
After his initial Kollywood stints gave a positive outcome in Tamilnadu, he decides to continue further and took Chennai his home. With a unique style and body language in every movie, he gets into the heart of billions of people all over the world and his style gets soaked in the blood of his fabulous fan base. Every Rajnikanth’s movie is a New Year’s Eve or Diwali Gala with Chennai being the main hub of these events. At 65 years his hard work and dedication has brought him to this stage.
Why the other heroes from India or even from Tamilnadu doesn’t get this attention ?
Because, He is Thalaivar, and there is more to it. He is known for his astounding thoughts on philosophy, spirituality and his simple nature. Being a multimillionaire, his life behind the camera is something that made the people love him unconditionally. The slim bald man whose simple smile is enough to create a pandemonium and fiery tornadoes across.
Chennai has the habit of treating the best people with huge respect and honors. Be it a film star or a sportsperson or a music composer, we celebrate them to the skies.
If Chepauk is the Lion’s Den, then Albert is our Thalaivar’s Throne.
Every Rajnikanth’s movie release is celebrated like a festival in this 1200 capacity auditorium. With the developing multiplex world in the city, single and double screen theatres like these in Chennai is where the city’s youth population divulge to blowout the Mass Mantra. Life Size cutouts, huge banners, milk abhishekams, crazy face and body paintings , Super star T Shirts, social service events, fireworks and celebrations go well in place.
It’s not common for people from neighboring states or even countries to visit Chennai just for the sake of watching a Thalaivar movie first day, first show. It’s only at Chennai where one can feel the effect of Rajnikanth and sense the joy and pulse along with thousands of hardcore followers. Awake at 2.30 AM on 22nd July I browse my Facebook wall to see check-ins and images of celebrations at the theatres. Celebrated Malayalam Actor Jayaram, Director Ranjith, Music Director Santosh Narayan appear at Kasi Theatre in the wee hours to join the FDFS celebration and enjoy the movie the way it should be.
If one man can make the city to be active by 2.30AM, make them dance to beats, shout loud to hell and burst out of emotions, he is in the right place in his life where success is just a small thing. He has won the hearts of millions just by his walk and smile !
Ending with this, Rajnikanth is a word. Thalaivar is an Emotion!