You would have heard it before and shall probably continue to hear it going forward as well. Heroines who star opposite superstar Rajinikanth for the first time go ga-ga over the man’s simplicity, commitment and the ease with which he goes through his shooting schedule. Deepika Padukone, daughter of champion badminton player Praksh Padukone and Bollywood’s leading starlet, is the latest to join the ‘adore Rajini’ club.
Deepika, who was to star opposite Rajini in the now-abandoned Rana, eventually got to pair up opposite the ‘man of the masses’ in the latter’s younger daughter Soundarya’s debut directorial venture titled as Kochadaiyaan. Billed as the first-ever animated 3-D film to be made in India, the film also has a host of stars including Jackie Shroff, Sarath Kumar, Nasser, Rukmani Vijayakumar, Shobana and Aadhi.
The film’s shoot was over more than a couple of months ago but the post-production work has been taking longer than expected to complete. Deepika was recently speaking to newsmen about her experience in starring opposite Rajinikanth in Kochadaiyaan. “It was an exhilarating experience for me to be starring opposite Rajini. Despite his many years of experience in films, he treats each day of the shoot as if he’s a newcomer.
“Like a child, he would sit in front of the monitor and would ‘review’ the sequences which had been shot earlier. He would offer creative suggestions to other artistes too. You’ve to watch his eyes to get a feel of his deep involvement with films. I was terribly upset when he fell ill and prayed to the Almighty for his well-being. When he resumed shooting, he was his usual self: active and dynamic and happy as ever,” concludes Deepika, who hopes to get a few films in Tamil thanks to Kochadaiyan.
The film was to release earlier but has been put on hold reportedly on Rajini’s advice who wanted biggies of Suriya and Vijay to release. As of now, the dubbing and re-recording work would be wrapped up soon and the film would be hitting the screens most probably on Pongal day next year i.e. on 14th January in Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu, English and Japanese besides Tamil.