Tamil Superstar Rajnikanth is one of the most revered stars in India. His huge fan following obviously spelt out the need for Rajni's biography, for fans to get to know him better.
Dr Gayathri Sreekanth's biography of the star, titled The Name Is Rajnikanth, brings out the other side of the actor quite well. Here's an excerpt from the book:
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"Don't stare at me like that you son of a pig," screamed Rajinikanth at one of the assistance directors.
"Hey! Excuse me, sir," the shocked assistant retorted, "I wasn't staring at you. I was only thinking about today's scene and the props."
"Liar. You stared at me I know," Rajinikanth looked as if he was about to slap the assistant.
"I might have, but oh well... I really did not realize I was looking at you." Sensing trouble the assistant instantly changed tracks.
"I don't like any one, I repeat, any one, looking in my eyes. I feel murderous when some one does that." He growled, excusing the assistant who, in any case, had started to make a hasty retreat.
Actor Siva Kumar, a gentle charismatic person, finished his shot and slumped on the chair next to Rajinikanth.
"Hello, sir." Rajini quickly switched over to his humble self.
"You know I have been wondering," Siva Kumar looked questioningly at Rajinikanth, "I always seen you shooting for movies.
No one can work non-stop like you do. How do you manage to put in and still look so relaxed?"
"Sir, you want to know my routine?" Rajini asked.
"Ya. Tell me."
"I am out for shooting at 6 in the morning. The grind for the day begins. It is non-stop, continuous shooting. The directors wrap up by 6.30 pm after which I head straight home, have a good bath and push off to the Taj or the Sheraton bar with my friends. I drink and make merry until midnight after which I succumb to the basic biological cravings, I head home by 5 am and proceed for shooting the following day. And life goes on like this." He added somewhat philosophically.
Excerpted from The Name Is Rajinikanth by Dr Gayathri Sreekanth, published by Om Books International, India, with the publisher's permission, Rs 495.
In the picture: Rajnikanth in Sivaji: The Boss
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