On his 63rd birthday yesterday, superstar Rajinikanth (who appears to have made the grade from an ‘Indian superstar’ to a ‘global superstar’ in recent years by the sheer strength of his popularity) was wished by people from all sections of the society and those from the length and breadth of the country. The wishes poured in the form of congratulatory messages, phone calls and on websites.
Right from the midnight on Wednesday, Rajini started getting congratulatory messages and phone-calls from film personalities as well as political leaders.
Narendra Modi, the chief-minister of Gujarat and the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate, was the first among those to wish Rajini on his birthday. Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and many BJP leaders wished Rajini on phone and through messages.
DMK supremo Karunanidhi and his son and former deputy chief-minister Stalin too wished Rajini over phone. Rajini’s mentor K. Balachander, S.P. Muthuraman (the director who made as many as 25 films starring Rajini), Kamal Haasan and K.S. Ravikumar were among those who wished Rajini.
Amitabh Bachchan, a close friend of Rajini and who helped Rajini’s career in Bollywood in the eighties, wished Rajini to have a ‘long and healthy life’.
Rajini had long back avoided greeting fans at his Chennai residence on his birthday mainly not to cause traffic jams and to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.
However, he made an exception last year on 12.12.12 as it was a very ‘special day’ and it was his first birthday after he completely recovered from his illness which plagued him in 2011. Rajini’s fans are aware that he won’t be in town on his birthday.
This year was no different as Rajini celebrated a quiet birthday at his Bangalore residence with a few of his close friends.