The demise of the leader Bal Thackeray at the age of 86 after prolonged illness on Saturday sent a wave of shock and grief among his supporters. So much so that Kollywoods own Rajinikanth expressed his sorrow on the passing of the Shiv Sena leader.
His message read “Sri Balasaheb Thackeray was a great leader and a father figure to many, including me. This is a great loss to all. My heart felt condolences to all his family members and followers all over the world. I pray for his soul to rest in peace at the feet of the lord.” The Shiv Sena chief was a cartoonist turned politician. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at his Matoshee residence in Bandra. Back in 2010 Rajinikanth had visited the politician’s residence and exclaimed “He is like God to me”
On the event other celebrities too expressed what they felt, Ram Gopal Verma says, “Can’t ever forget the hug the real Sarkar gave me when he saw reel Sarkar. Bala saab was a true epitome of power in every sense of the word.” Actor Madhavan says, “Rip Bala Saheb Bal Thackeray. The mighty Tiger bids farewell”. Actress Khushboo, “Grew up in Mumbai and have heard great stories about Bal Thackrey saheb. Mumbai will never be the same without him. Actor Jeeva says “With deepest sympathies on the demise of a great leader. RIP Bal Thackeray Saab.” Thackeray was known to be a staunch follower of nativism an ethnocentric for the major part of his life.