In an unprecedented manner, superstar Rajinikanth was literally accorded a ‘royal’ welcome when he landed up in Malaysia on Monday where he would remain for the next two weeks to shoot for the second schedule of his upcoming film Kabali.
Bouquets were presented and shawls draped on Rajini in a kind of welcome which, according to the Malaysian media, was never accorded to any actor or politician from India. Rajini and the crew members including director Pa. Ranjith and producer ‘Kalaipuli’ Thanu have reached Malaysia after wrapping up the first schedule of shoot during a month-long stint in Chennai.
Rajini was accorded a grand welcome at the Kuala Lumpur Airport when Malaysian Police and special security personnel surrounded Rajinikanth in providing security akin to the one given to a head of a State. As Rajini majestically exited the Airport clad in a pair of jeans and a T-Shirt, he was greeted by thousands of fans and people of Malaysia who waited outside the Airport to look at him and greet him.
Rajini was taken to Malacca in a Limousine car brought especially for him. Malaccan Governor Mohammed Khaleel welcomed Rajini by presenting him bouquets. Khaleel said that he was happy to be receiving Rajini on behalf of the people of Malacca. Rajini also attended a special party hosted in his honour by Khaleel, who later told newsmen that he had been a huge fan of Rajini ever since he watched his Muthu.
“Kabali storm now remains centred in Malaysia”, was the headlines in most dailies in Malaysia yesterday even as people and fans followed Rajini in huge numbers wherever he went. Rajini’s visit incidentally coincided with a day when fog, which enveloped the South East Asian countries for the past few days, gave way to clear skies and it was described by the media as the ‘Kabali storm driving away the fog’.
Rajini is also scheduled to meet the Malaysian Prime Minister later this week.