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The mesmeric appeal of Rajnikanth, the Superstar, needs no embellishment.  The question arises is that how many of his admirers know Rajnikanth, the thorough professional, the unassuming actor, the committed human being or the diehard humorist in real life.  As one who has directed three of Rajnikanths megahits Annamalai, Veera, and Baasha; Suresh Krissna throws light on these and other engaging facets of the Superstar, whom he had observed at close quarters.  He takes readers on a journey through the making of these films, right from the conception to the shooting of those ingenious scenes and dialogue that have become part of cinematic history.

I would like to add an excerpt from the book.  On January 11, 1995 a day before the release of Baasha.  The whole unit was at Albert Theatre, Chennai.  The air was rife with excitement.  There are huge portraits of Rajnikanth at the entrance, as well as rows of colourful pennants swaying in the wind.  Producer A.V.M. Saravanan, actor Sivaji Ganesan's family, including his sons Ramkumar and Prabhu, a lead actor in his own right, Tamil film directors S.P. Muthuraman, R.V. Udhayakumar and P. Vasu, and other eminent personalities from the industry have turned up for the special screening of the film.  So have fans of the actor.  The full house seems to augur the stupendous success that is to come Baasha's way.  Rajnikanth's wife Latha, and daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya, have arrived.  Rajnikanth would not be found anywhere near the venue that evening. Even now, after so many films and innumerable years of experience, Rajnikanth can never sit through a premiere of his film calmly.  With anxiety writ large on his face, he is like a newcomer on the eve of his maiden release.  Because, to him, every film is equally important. Such dedication can take an actor only one way that is upward and the superstar continues to prove it time and again!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Suresh Krissna has directed 51 films and has won State Awards for screenplay and direction.  Malathi Rangarajan is a Senior Assistant Editor with The Hindu.

MY TAKE:  On contrary to Bollywood, where looks dominated the star value and appeal; here was an actor who only with his power packed performance took the screen by storm.  His actions and dialogue delivery became a rage with his fans.  His effort and dedication could be easily made out from his performances till date.  No point telling for my Rajni fans, they would have already picked the copies on the first day, but it is also a good pick for others to know him as a person, what makes him a super star, and above all such a great human being.  The book gives a good brief on the actor’s professional life and could also be a learning material for those aspiring to be actors, also if inculcated in normal life would yield good results.  Wish the superstar a belated happy birthday.  Happy reading!




PUBLISHER:  Westland

LANGUAGE:  English


PRICE:  250

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