Some stars content themselves with awards, some seek to hit ever-higher box office returns, and yet others seek to please the fans and the critics alike. But Superstar Rajinikanth has hit all these petty goals, and gone way beyond! He’s been synonymous with superstardom in India for years, and been our definitive answer to Chuck Norris (just Google ‘Rajinikanth jokes’ and you’ll know.) His stature is nothing short of god-like, and the kind of mania that his films excite is stuff that even Salman Khan (a demi-god himself) aspires to.
With Kabali due to release in a few days, we wanted to highlight some ‘trivial’ tributes paid to the Superstar.
1. Flight to Kabali
Air Asia has announced a special flight from Bengaluru to Chennai so fans can watch the first day, first show of Kabali in the Superstar’s home town! It is a pilgrimage that many fans are lining up to make.
2. Kabali takes you on Mumbai Darshan
While many film posters adorn the backs of autorickshaws, nothing short of a double-decker bus would do for Rajinikanth’s film. Dedicated Rajini fans can take a special Kabali tour of Mumbai, escorted by a larger-than-life cutout of the man himself.
3. Don’t bunk work for Kabali
While you are wondering what excuse can cover your absence from work, while you watch the first show of Kabali, some lucky employees out there don’t have to. These understanding employers have declared a #Kabaliday for their employees. What’s more, they’ve even gotten tickets for their staff to watch the film together. Bet you wish you worked in these offices! #CareerGoals
4. Five-stars for the Superstar
Probably for the first time in India, some of the biggest five-star hotels in Bengaluru have rolled out the red carpet for Rajinikanth fans to watch his latest release in style. Tickets for these luxurious screenings at JW Marriott, Lalit Ashok, Royal Orchid and Crown Plaza are going for INR 1300 each – a paltry sum to watch the Superstar in Super-style!
5. No water? Bathe in milk!
It is a common practice for hard-core fanatics to bathe cutouts of Rajinikanth in milk on the day of his film’s release. The Tamil milk producers’ association has requested fans to dissuade from paal abishekam (milk shower), this time, to avoid a shortage of milk supply in the city. Perhaps, the fans should stick to water to show their support in such difficult times!
Have you paid tribute to the Superstar in your own special way? Tell us how!