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5 pm Dec 12, 2012

Rajinikanth's contribution to Indian cinema

As Rajinikanth celebrates his 62nd birthday, we look back at his remarkable career.
43 questions answered
  • Sir how do you manage to get tickets to a FDFS rajini movie?In a sense this question answers it all about the rajini phenomenon isn't it !!! Asked by: Karthik
  • Sreedhar Pillai I make it a point 2 c Rajinikanth films FDFS, as I book in advance. It was Rajinikanth who really started the FDFS craze in TN.
  • Is Rajinikanth the biggest star in the Indian industry? If yes, whether he deserved for this position? Asked by: Charan
  • Sreedhar Pillai I think he is truly a phenomenon and what makes him one of the biggest stars is that coming from south he has got a worldwide audience and reach.
  • Sir.. is there any reason for super star Rajini sir to not promote brands through tv ads? Asked by: gokul
  • Sreedhar Pillai Rajinikanth himself is a brand. He does not want to dilute his brand equity by doing ads.
  • After Sivaji only, all north indian channels started looking towards regional cinema. Endhiran made it more. Rajinikanth - Man made regional cinema recognised. Thats why veteran journalist like you has been called by cnn ibn. Your thoughts sir. Asked by: Hariharan
  • Sreedhar Pillai Rajinikanth movies especially Endhiran opened the craze 4 his movies in North. Remember the Hindi version Robot was also a super hit. Now regional cinema is helping Bollywood's remake factory.
  • Is there any other star who has this kind of success an fan following in india other than Rajini? Asked by: kartigayan, london
  • Sreedhar Pillai I have not seen this kind of dedicated crazy fans for anyother actor in Indian cinema.
  • why rajni is considered as demigod and literally worshipped Asked by: nikhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai His mass reach and box-office power across all territories has made him demi-god of sorts.
  • do you think tamil cinema or south cinema to over shadoe bollywood? Asked by: preetam
  • Sreedhar Pillai Tamil cinema is box-office wise only one third of Bollywood. I don't think it will overshadow B.Wood
  • Just to revive the tn box office is there any chance Rajini kamal combo again? That would just rake money @box office.. Asked by: gokul
  • Sreedhar Pillai I do not think that will happen again. Chances of Rajini & Kamal coming together look remote at the moment.
  • Hai sir.rajini sir is the highest paid actor in india and how much his salary Asked by: s.vishnu
  • Sreedhar Pillai He is definitely one of the highest paid actors in Indian cinema. Unconfirmed sources say he was paid Rs 20 Crore for Chandramukhi (2005).
  • who do you think has the most fan following apart from rajini in tamil industry at present Asked by: karthik
  • Sreedhar Pillai Nobody has as many fans as Rajinikanth. Period
  • As a critic, if Superstar would have choosed a path Mullum malarum kind of films, whether he would have succeeded this stature and won more laurel as an actor comparing to Mr.kamalhassan? Asked by: Sridhar
  • Sreedhar Pillai Rajinikanth did Mullum Malarum just to satisfy his urge as an actor. He has always made it clear that mass commercial films is the way he will go. So the question is hypothetical.
  • Hello Sir, There is a rumour miled around that thalaivar might join hands with Mr.Manirathnams next flick .. Is it true? if so is it a role in ponniyin selvan or any other.. Asked by: Sridhar
  • Sreedhar Pillai These are just rumours as I doubt whether both will do another film together.
  • As north Indians, we have always been mesmerized by the genius of Kamal Hasan while considered Rajni”s movies mediocre or even less (blasphemy unintended). Is it bcoz his best work is not available in hindi or something else? Can you typecast him? Can you give me a parallel with a bollywood star? Asked by: Kamal Agg
  • Sreedhar Pillai I think Rajinikanth always modelled himself as a one-man entertainment troupe something which Mr Bachchan did in 80's in Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra type of mass commercials. Kamal on the other hand was more innovative and willing 2 experiment.
  • Sir I am a big fan of Superstar Rajinikanth & my favourite movies are Thalapathy,Mannan,Thillu Mullu,Baatcha,Guru Sishyan,nettrikkan,Sivaji,Billa, Mullum Mallurum.Which according to u is his best performance? Asked by: shya mark
  • Sreedhar Pillai As an actor Mullum Malarum and as an entertainer Baatcha.
  • How to interact with Rajini Sir directly (Twitter/FB, etc.,). Does he have any of social networking accounts. If No, then i would request you to put this across to Rajini Sir & request him to interact with fans once in a while. Asked by: Ullas
  • Sreedhar Pillai He is not in any social networking sites. Today morning he interacted with media and his fans.
  • Ppl down here always say multistarrers are difficult since the scripts cannot do justice!!How about this for a script!!Aamir khan the other day talked abt recreating mahabharath.Aamir,Srk,Salman,Amitabh,Rajini,Kamal,Mohanlal..how is this star cast?Wont it be the biggest hit Asked by: Karthik
  • Sreedhar Pillai Yes it has potential 2 b a blockbuster if U rope in all the above stars.
  • I read a lot of Rajni jokes. Are they real or just imaginaries? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai A mixture of both :)
  • Does ARRahman & Rajinikanth have a special combo. It seems most of the movies in recent have music by ARR. Feels after Manirathnam, Rajini sir has more confidence and patience at ARR. Even shankar went to Harris for his movies. Asked by: Pradeep Kumar
  • Sreedhar Pillai Early days who can forget Rajini-Ilayaraja combo and in 90's Rajini-Deva combo. Now Rajinikanth-ARR is the new combo which has delivered.
  • I am from North India and fail to underatand the Rajnikanth phenomenon. He is not in the same lague as Amitabh then why the massive following even exceeding Amitabh Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai He has larger than life image in south which has helped his films to garner huge success at the b-o. His image & b-o power has given him a bigger fan base.
  • Some say Rajni owns half of Tamil Nadu- is it true? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai I don't thing so
  • Can we have a Rajni starrer Punjabi movie? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai He is comfortable doing Tamil movies.
  • Are there any temples dedicated to Rajnikanth in South or in US? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai No. He will not allow such things.
  • Can we have a movie w 3 brothers - Amitabh, Rajni and Shah Rukh? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai Depends on the director and his equation with the 3
  • Sir Questions are shooting up to you & this shows the interest & love people have towards Rajiniji. Asked by: sudheendra_sr
  • Sreedhar Pillai Rajini the most loved actor in Indian cinema.
  • Is Rajni coming again in Bollywood as Amitabh's younger brother like in HUM? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai Impossible.
  • Should we recognize Rajni w Padma Bhushan or Vibhushan or Bharat Ratna? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai He is priceless but has never hankered after official recognition. That's why people love him for his simplicity and humbleness.
  • Why North Indians cant understand Rajni phenomenon? Asked by: nikhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai Every industry thinks in a different way. Nothing wrong in it.
  • Where do you put him as an actor? Asked by: Kamal Agg
  • Sreedhar Pillai I think like good wine he has matured as an actor over the years, but people like him as king of entertainers.
  • Can Rajni become the CM of TN or PM of India in 2014? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai No he will never venture into politics.
  • I was watched kuselan movie in theatre all people are really enjoyed.But why was kuselan movie flop. Asked by: ashoder
  • Sreedhar Pillai It was marketed by the producers as a full length Rajinikanth movie when actually he appears only in a special appearance. Obviously his fans and audiences felt cheated.
  • Sachin has wished the Superstar in Facebook. This says what the rajini phenomenon is? Asked by: Pradeep Kumar
  • Sreedhar Pillai Sachin knows the superstar and has interacted with him earlier.
  • why cant all the tamil films, atleast films of big stars release in hindi dub? Asked by: nikhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai I don't think it is a good idea as Tamil films should b enjoyed as it is , may b with subtitles.
  • I must admit you are a great ambassador of the Tamil industry and Rajni sir! Kudos to you. Very well done.. keep it up sir Asked by: SBH
  • Why Rajini sir is choosy about movies. He waits for the story or health is not allowing him to do so. Asked by: Pradeep Kumar
  • Sreedhar Pillai The more U r elusive and selective in making appearances or doing films, the halo around the actor increases. The b-o potential of the film goes up.
  • What surprises me is his humility.He comes out just the way he is in actual life.No wig,make up or false mannerisms and the people accept him for what he is. Amazing. Asked by: Kamal Agg
  • Sreedhar Pillai It his humility that comes across, which makes the common man crazy about him.
  • Will Rajni son in law eclipse him? Asked by: SBH
  • Sreedhar Pillai No, how is it possible ? The son-in-law himself has said he cannot hold a candle to his father-in-law.
  • Is he the most successful actor in Indian cinema according to film trade analysis 90% of his movies are hits where the Distributor/Producer/Theater Exhibitor/Financers..All these people make profit. Is it true? Asked by: Shyam
  • Sreedhar Pillai I would rate him as the most successful actor with the highest strike rate at the box-office. A hit film of his makes the trade happy from the cycle stand/Canteen operator to theater who have paid MG's to distributors
  • sir india's highest grossing film? Asked by: nikhil
  • Sreedhar Pillai It is 3 Idiots the only Indian film to do Rs 203 Crores at the box-office.
  • Sir, since Sivaji has been converted to 3d and well recieved, is there any chance for Enthiran too? It will be another BB from him! :) Asked by: Praveen
  • Sreedhar Pillai I'm sure Sun Pictures will start work on Enthiran 3D conversion after seeing Sivaji 3D which opened to pack houses today.
  • ROBO. 3idiots. dabbang. these 3 films which 1 is the highest grossier/ Asked by: s.vishnu
  • Where will you put Rajnikant amongst greats like Dileep Kumar, Amitabh Bacchan,Kamal Hasan? Do you think as Star Actor he matches acting calible of the greats mentioned above? Asked by: Akshay S
  • Sreedhar Pillai He is India's biggest one-man entertainment industry. Period.
  • Any update on his next movie Kochadaiyan. Heard rights has been sold at heavy price inspite of animation genre. Asked by: Pradeep Kumar
  • Sreedhar Pillai Rajinikanth himself has said today that Kochaadiyan will release for Summer 2013.
  • What are Rajnikanths memorable movies, artistically?With or without box office success. Asked by: Kamal Agg
  • Sreedhar Pillai Mullum Mallarum, Aarumuthal Aarupathu Vare, Thillu Mullu etc

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