Superstar Rajinikanth does involve himself in many charitable activities but ensures that these are not reported in/by the media, but not this time around with the word of mouth going virally in Bangalore locality. Rajinikanth has recently indulged in one such act and the beneficiary this time around is none other than the teacher who taught him for three years from Class V to VII.
Rajini spent his childhood in Bangalore and studied at the Gavipuram Govt. School. Shanthamma, now 78-years old, was his teacher who taught him Kannada, English and Science. Shanthamma is residing at Bangalore’s Jalahalli locality and has been going through troubled times as she and her husband are not physically well enough to go to jobs to take care of their needs.
Rajini got to know of his former teacher’s plight and wanted to meet his teacher and her husband in person but due to his busy schedule with his upcoming 3-D animation film Kochadaiiyaan, he couldn’t do so. Rajini remembered his teacher on Teacher’s Day (on 05th September) and called his assistant and told him “My schedule is delaying my meeting with Shanthamma teacher….get in touch with her, know what her needs are and deposit the amount she requires into her bank account. Please inform her that I would definitely meet her when I visit Bangalore next time!”
‘Rajini’ Murugan, president of the Bangalore Rajini Fans’ Club, was contacted over phone by Rajini’s assistant in Chennai. In a couple of days’ time, Murugan visited Shanthamma and deposited the Rs.3 lakhs that she wanted into her bank account. Obviously moved by her former student’s gesture, Santhamma said “I taught Rajini for three years from Class V to VII. His family was struggling but Rajini would never worry about it and was a perfect student.
“He was a mischievous boy and his handwriting was very good. I would often tell him that he would become a great man one day. Like I said, he is at the pinnacle of his career. Though he’d give me as much as I wanted, my need is only Rs.3 lakhs and I asked him . He has given me which many would not have the heart, I bless him for a healthy and life and would pray to the Almighty to give him whatever he wants,” Santhamma could hardly hold back her tears.