'Rajini Still Gets Nervous Before Every Film's Release' - The New Indian Express

'Rajini Still Gets Nervous Before Every Film's Release'

Published: 28th April 2014 07:17 AM

Last Updated: 28th April 2014 10:27 AM

When you’re wearing as benign a smile as Superstar Rajinikanth tends to do, it’s difficult to imagine the man being nervous. But that’s one emotion that Rajini does indeed share with every single actor, filmmaker, producer and technician who has invested time and money in a film. And besides all the super-human attributes, that’s what makes him human. A proud mother and a doting wife, Latha Rajinikanth talks about how hard the last four years have been for the actor’s household, what the future holds for them and the most important question of them all — what goes on inside Rajinikanth’s mind:

There’s been a lot of talk about Kochadaiiyaan getting delayed again because of financial issues. Is it true?

Not at all. Everything is going smoothly and we’re looking forward to a worldwide release on May 9. Those rumours are just that... rumours.

Isn’t releasing it in six languages a bit too much to handle?

With this film, we are creating history for Indian cinema and giving people something that they have never seen before. I think releasing it in six languages is very less!

Kochadaiiyaan, as a film, is something that people are talking about

You know, Avatar was made on a huge budget, but this is all we can afford. But when we try to bring technology like that to India, we have to face the challenge of time, the challenge of budget and the biggest challenge is showing Rajini sir. And if you have to show live actors in this format, that’s the big challenge. Getting it done in less than one-fourth of the budget is a challenge. We had technicians from the US and UK, and even they thought it would take five and a half to six years.

It must have taken a toll on your family

Soundarya had to restrict herself with the entire budget and still use the technology. I could see every inch of the work that she put in and the trust that her father had in her.

Did she ever feel like quitting and letting go of the film? There have been so many hurdles

(smiles) Scientists will tell you that with any discovery, they don’t know how many attempts it will take. There is no preset or pattern, so it will take time and effort. It is something that we are contributing to Indian cinema and it will be in the history of filmmaking that we made a movie that is a pioneering effort, after 100 years of Indian cinema.

Does it show in the output?

Like Amitji (Bachchan) said, it was a proud moment when he said, in Hollywood they talk about films before Avatar and after Avatar, and now in Indian films it will be before Kochadaiiyaan and after Kochadaiiyaan. I think that was gratifying.

When he took ill in 2011, this movie and life in general must have become difficult for you?

Mentally, the experience was unexpected and what we went through at that point of time was traumatic and difficult. But, the only reason that we left the country for his treatment was for our privacy. The doctors told us to do it, because they couldn’t control things with all the attention. When we came back, more than anything, we wanted to settle down. What we wanted to do was sit back and come to terms with things and start again.

So is he back to normal now? He does look a lot better

He’s fine by gods grace and the prayers of everybody. He’s always not been big made but he is looking a lot healthier.

The long break after Endhiran couldn’t have been easy. Is he adjusting to all the promotion and travelling?

I think he’s up and about and he’s enjoying what he’s doing. He’s just getting back to active work and it’s going to be a new experience because he hasn’t worked for four-and-a-half years, but he was very involved in Kochadaiiyaan. He’s that kind of an actor that the minute he’s there, it (the magic) begins.

What does the future hold for him? (There’s firm talk that an announcement about Rajini’s next film with K S Ravikumar is imminent)

He takes it as it comes and he is a very spiritual person. So I think his call is from inside and whenever the right voice from inside comes at the right time, what he wishes to do, he will do.

Do you hope that he’ll retire some day and spend more time with the family?

He’s a self-made man and that’s how he’s always been. I think that if we leave it to him, he will take the decisions that are right for his life and ours, without us having to tell him.

A release after so many years, is he ever nervous about a release, these days?

Of course! He still gets excited and nervous before a release. He’s still a student of cinema like he used to be.

So you’re going to watch the film on May 9 with his fans, but he won’t be able to do that, will he?

(laughs out loud) He can’t! Wherever he goes people recognise him and that’s why he can’t afford to go out anywhere alone. Across the country, I think people recognise him because of his ‘walk’. But what can he do? That’s really the way he walks!

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