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Puneeth Rajkumar awarded ‘Karnataka Ratna’ posthumously

Karnataka government conferred ‘Karnataka Ratna’ award to late Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar on Tuesday at a grand function held in the premises of the Vidhana Soudha.

Thousands of fans witnessed the programme amid rains and cheered the recognition to their favourite star in the presence of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, Telugu superstar Jr NTR and Indian author, educator, philanthropist and chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murthy.

Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar, the wife of the late actor, received Mysuru peta (traditional cap) and award as thousands cheered and celebrated the moment.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and his cabinet colleagues were also present on the occasion.

On the occasion, Rajinikanth who spoke in Kannada, gave a message of unity by stating that “he would pray before Rajarajeshwari (Hindu goddess), Allah and Jesus that all should live like brothers without differentiation of caste and religion.”

The statement by Rajinikanth assumed importance in the wake of recent social unrest in the state.

Rajinikanth further stated Appu (Puneeth Rajkumar) was a son of the God. That kid was with us for sometime and after spending some time, showing the talent he has again united with the God.”

“It is raining and I can’t take much time. I will talk about Appu, when I come here in future. I heard that when the Karnataka Ratna award was given to his father Dr Rajkumar, it rained. I congratulate the Karnataka government on behalf of Puneeth’s fans for conferring him this award,” Rajinikanth stated.

Telugu superstar Jr NTR who also spoke in Kannada, stated, Puneeth Rajkumar won the entire state without ego and without waging war. He is the only person to achieve this feat, he stated.

Human beings get heritage and surnames from elderly. However, personality is what an individual develops. With that personality, smile, without any egos. “I am here on the stage not as a superstar but, I am here as his proud friend. I thank the Karnataka government for making me part of this programme,” he stated.

Puneeth was a great superstar of Karnataka, proud son, husband, father, friend, actor, dancer and singer. Along with all this, he was a great human being. “I can’t see the royal smile on anyone’s face that adored Puneeth’s face,” he stated.

After receiving the award, Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar thanked the people of the state and the government.

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Rajinikanth signs two-film deal with Lyca Productions

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has signed two films with popular production house Lyca Productions, best known for having produced director Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan 1’ along with ‘Madras Talkies’.

Work on these films will begin soon after ‘Jailer’, the film that Rajinikanth is currently working on.

Sources said that of the two films that Rajinikanth will work with Lyca, one is to be officially launched on November 5 in a grand fashion.

They said that already the unit of the first film has begun work and is finalising the list of actors who will be a part of the film.

Meanwhile, work on ‘Jailer’ continues at a brisk pace. The film, apart from Rajinikanth, also features actress Ramya Pandian, Malayalam actor Vinayakan, comedian Yogi Babu and actor Vasanth Ravi.

‘Jailer’, which is Rajinikanth’s 169th film, is being produced by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures and has Anirudh scoring its music.

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Rajnikanth meets Rishab Shetty amidst ‘Kantara’ mega success

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As his film ‘Kantara’ received a roaring response, filmmaker-actor Rishabh Shetty met superstar Rajinikanth to celebrate the success of the movie.

Recently, Rajnikanth heaped praises on the film and the lead actor Rishab as he said: “The unknown is more than the known.”

“No one could have said this better in cinema than Hombale films,” and added: “Rishab, hats off to you as a writer, director and actor”.

Recently, Hombale films took to social media and shared a bunch of pictures of Rishab Shetty and Rajnikanth.

A picture speaks louder than a thousand words and it was a joyous moment for the ‘Master and his Apprentice’ and that’s what Hombale wrote for them.

In the caption, they penned down ‘Master and his Apprentice’ engaged in an insightful conversation!

‘Kantara’ is set in coastal Karnataka and deals with the issue of land politics and man vs nature.

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Rajinikanth all praise for ‘Kantara’ helmer Rishab Shetty: ‘Hats off to you’

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth is the latest celebrity to shower praise on director Rishab Shetty’s Kannada film ‘Kantara’, which has been garnering praise from all corners of the country ever since it first hit the screens earlier this month.

Taking to Twitter, Rajinikanth wrote, “The unknown is more than the known” — no one could have said this better in cinema than Hombale Films’ ‘Kantara’.

“You gave me goosebumps Rishab, hats off to you as a writer, director and actor. Congrats to the whole cast and crew of this masterpiece in Indian cinema.”

The film has not only come in for praise from celebrities. It has also set the cash registers ringing.

Continuing its fantastic run even in the Hindi belt, the film, earned Rs 26.50 crore in week two.

‘Kantara’ opened with a huge collection of Rs 1.27 crore on the very first day in the Hindi market. Its second-day collection was Rs 2.75 crore and net collection on the third day in the Hindi market was Rs 3.5 crore.

Despite the reduction in ticket rates, the film saw an outstanding jump of 40 to 50% in the collections on Monday as compared to Friday with a Rs 1.75 crore net in the Hindi market.

With a net collection of Rs 1.88 crore on Tuesday and Rs 1.95 crore on Wednesday, the film registered steady growth. On Thursday, it made Rs 1.90 crore net, which jumped to Rs 2.05 crore on Friday.

On Saturday, its box office collection in the Hindi market reached Rs 2.55 crore. and on Sunday and Monday, it earned Rs 2.65 crore and Rs 1.90 crore respectively.

Now, according to Tuesday’s records, it has garnered Rs 2.35 crore.

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Buzz: Rajinikanth and Mani Ratnam to team up?

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Legendary director Mani Ratnam is back with a bang with Ponniyin Selvan and the film minted massive money across the circles of Tamil Nadu and the USA. The film ended up as a below-average grosser in Telugu states and North India. Mani Ratnam is done with the shoot of the second installment of Ponniyin Selvan and the film releases in summer 2023. As per the recent happenings, Mani Ratnam and Superstar Rajinikanth decided to collaborate again after years. Rajinikanth inked a two-film deal with Lyca Productions recently.

The production house also produced Ponniyin Selvan and Lyca is bringing back the combo of Rajinikanth and Mani Ratnam. The film starts rolling next year after Rajinikanth is done with his current projects. Mani Ratnam too will take his time and will work on the script. More details about the film will be announced officially by Lyca Productions soon.

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Big B has always inspired me, says Rajinikanth

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth joined several stars from South in wishing Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan a very happy birthay as the Shahenshah of Bollywood turned 80 on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Rajinikanth, who has been good friends with the Bollywood legend, wrote: “The legend… Someone who has inspired me always. The one true sensation and superhero of our glorious Indian film fraternity enters 80. Happy birthday my dearest and most respected Amitabh ji. With lots of love and best regards always.”

Rajinikanth wasn’t the only star from the south to say that he had been inspired by the legend.

Telugu star Ram Charan, who is also the son of Megastar Chiranjeevi, too wished the legend on the occasion of his birthday and said that he too had been inspired by him.

Ram Charan tweeted: “Happy Birthday Bachchan Garu! Thank you for being an institution of acting and goodwill. Always inspired by you!”

Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly too was among the first to wish Amitabh Bachchan on Twitter. Posting a picture of himself with Amitabh Bachchan, he tweeted: “Happy Birthday Sir, wishing you a long life ahead and many more blockbusters ahead.”

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Superstar Rajinikanth lauds God Father

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Tamil director Mohan Raja was roped in to direct Lucifer remake featuring Megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead role. The film released on October 5th and everyone lauded Mohan Raja’s work. Superstar Rajinikanth watched God Father and he appreciated the entire team of God Father. He called the film excellent and very interesting. The film’s director Mohan Raja took his twitter handle to reveal the news. Mohan Raja said that Rajinikanth loved the changes made for the Telugu version of the film.

“Superstar watched #Godfather. Excellent!! very nice!! very interesting!!! are few of the remarks in his detailed appreciation on the adaptions made for the Telugu version. Thank u so much Thalaiva
@rajinikanth sir, one of the best moments of life.. means a lotttt” posted Mohan Raja. The film had a strong weekend all over and made decent money. Chiranjeevi’s performance, Mohan Raja’s narration along with Satyadev, Nayanthara’s performances and Thaman’s background score are appreciated by the audience.

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Rajinikanth’s deal with a top Production House

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After Superstar Rajinikanth decided not to make his entry into politics, the actor decided to continue doing films. But he is not in a hurry and he is working on a steady note. The veteran actor shares a great bonding with top production house Lyca Productions which produced 2.0 with Rajinikanth. The production house also distributed several films of the top actor. As per the update, Rajinikanth is said to have signed a two-film deal with Lyca Productions. The projects are currently in the initial stages of discussion and they would be announced once the directors get finalized.

Lyca Productions is producing some of the biggest projects of Indian cinema. Akshay Kumar’s Ram Setu is heading for release during Diwali weekend. P Vasu’s Chandramukhi 2 is currently in shooting mode. Lyca is also associated with Mani Ratnam for Ponniyin Selvan 2 which will release in summer 2023. Kamal Haasan and Shankar’s Indian 2 is also in shooting mode and the film releases next year. Apart from these, Lyca signed two films with top actor Rajinikanth. The veteran actor is shooting for Jailer directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. The film releases next year.

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Soundarya Rajinikanth blessed with second baby boy

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Director Soundarya Rajinikanth, who is also the younger daughter of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, has now been blessed with a second baby — a boy.

The producer and her husband Vishagan have named the little one as Veer Rajinikanth. Taking to social media, Soundarya Rajinikanth made the announcement.

Posting a series of pictures that were shot during her pregnancy, she said: “With God’s abundant grace and our parents blessingsa Vishagan, Ved and I are thrilled to welcome Ved’s little brother Veer Rajinikanth Vanangamudi today 11/9/22.”

“A huge thank you to our amazing doctors Sumana Manohar, Dr.Srividya Seshadri,” she wrote. Several celebrities, friends, fans and well wishers have been congratulating the couple. Director Gitanjali Selvaraghavan, the wife of director Selvaraghavan, too was among those who congratulated Soundarya. She wrote, “Congratulations Mittu, Vishagan and Ved!!! Welcome to the world Veer!”

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Rajini’s ‘Jailer’ cast list out

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The makers of director Nelson Dilipkumar’s eagerly-awaited ‘Jailer’, featuring superstar Rajinikanth in the lead, officially announced some of the cast members of the film on Wednesday.

The ‘Jailer’ unit put out a video clip on social media that welcomed some actors and actresses into the unit.

As reported by IANS, actress Ramya Pandian and Malayalam actor Vinayakan were part of the cast and was welcomed by the unit.

Two other actors whose names figured in the cast list were comedian Yogi Babu and actor Vasanth Ravi.

Interestingly, the unit has not revealed until now the name of the actress who will be playing the female lead in the film.

Shooting for the film began here on Monday at a venue that, at one point, used to house a popular hotel and restaurant.

The film, which will be Rajinikanth’s 169th, is being produced by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures and has Anirudh scoring its music.

Well-known stylist Aalim Hakim has been roped in to style the superstar for this film. Other members of the cast and crew are yet to be officially announced.

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First Look: Rajinikanth from Jailer

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Superstar Rajinikanth has signed his next film for young director Nelson and the film is titled Jailer. An official announcement was made long ago and the shoot commenced today. The makers unfolded the first look of Rajinikanth today on the occasion. Rajinikanth is spotted in a serious mode with grey shades dressed in casuals in the released poster. The shoot commenced today in Hyderabad and it will continue for the next two weeks. Massive sets are constructed in a private studio for the shoot of Jailer.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will be seen playing the leading lady in Jailer and Rajinikanth is charging Rs 150 crores as remuneration for the project. Sun Pictures are producing this big-budget commercial caper and Anirudh is on board as the music composer. Kannada Superstar Shivrajkumar will be seen playing an important role in Jailer. The film is expected to hit the screens next year.

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Industry Buzz: Tamannaah to play female lead opposite Rajinikanth in ‘Jailer’?

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If the industry grapevine is to be believed, actress Tammannaah Bhatia has now been roped in for director Nelson Dilipkumar’s much-awaited action entertainer ‘Jailer’, featuring the Tamil superstar Rajinikanth in the lead.

However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard. In fact, the only actress to have confirmed her presence in the project is Ramya Krishnan, who is believed to have told a publication that she had begun working on the film from August 10.

Work on this film is progressing on a specially erected jail set in a Hyderabad studio. Well-known stylist Aalim Hakim has been roped in to create the superstar’s look for this film.

The film, which will be Rajinikanth’s 169th, is being produced by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures and has Anirudh scoring its music. Other members of the cast and crew are yet to be officially announced by the unit.

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Honour freedom fighters by flying the National Flag, says Rajinikanth

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Even as the country gears up to celebrate its 75th Independence Day on Monday, actor Rajinikanth has urged people to honour and salute freedom fighters, martyrs and leaders by having their children hoist the national flag outside their homes, offices and work places.

Taking to Twitter, Rajinikanth both posted a video and a post, which urged people to fly the National flag outside their homes and offices as a mark of respect to freedom fighters and as an expression of unity.

His post read: “This is the 75th year of Independence for India, our motherland. As a mark of respect, and as an expression of our unity, for all the lakhs of people who suffered untold struggles and miseries, pain and humiliation, for all those many thousands of people who scarified their lives selflessly for this freedom, for all those freedom fighters, martyrs and leaders — let us honour and salute them with gratitude beyond caste, religion and politics.”

“Let us pass on our Indian National flag to our next generation of kids and youngsters to be proudly displayed outside our homes, offices and work places.”

“Let us celebrate the great Indian 75th Independence Day with pride. Let our National flag fly everywhere as we salute them. Jai Hind.”

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‘Moment etched in eternity’: Madhavan, Nambi Narayanan meet Rajinikanth

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Actor R. Madhavan along with scientist Nambi Narayanan, on whose life the film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ is based, met superstar Rajinikanth and took his blessings.

Sharing a video clip of their meeting on social media, an elated Madhavan wrote, “When you get the blessings from a one-man industry and the Legend himself in the presence of Nambi Narayanan, it’s a moment etched for eternity. Thank you for your kindest words on ‘Rocketry’ and the affection, Rajinikanth sir. This motivation has completely rejuvenated us. We love you.”

In the video clip, Rajinikanth is seen honouring both Madhavan and Nambi Narayanan by presenting them with silk shawls. Madhavan and Nambi Narayanan’s meeting with Rajinikanth comes in the wake of the latter lauding their film on social media.

Actor Rajinikanth had lauded ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’, saying everybody in general and youngsters in particular must watch it. The superstar had tweeted in Tamil, saying, “‘Rocketry’ – A film that everybody must watch, especially youngsters. Madhavan, in his debut attempt as director itself, has through his realistic acting and filmmaking proved that he is among the finest directors. My heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Madhavan for having given a film like this.”

‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ traces the life of Indian scientist Nambi Narayanan, a former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer who was caught in the throes of a spy scandal.

The biographical drama, which was shot in multiple languages simultaneously including Hindi, Tamil and English, unveils the truth behind the mystery.

Madhavan, who plays Nambi Narayanan in the film, has also directed, produced and written it.

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Rajinikanth to begin work on his 169th film ‘Jailer’ in Hyderabad

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If rumours doing the rounds in the industry are to be believed, actor Rajinikanth is to shortly begin work on his next film ‘Jailer’, which is being directed by Nelson Dilipkumar.

Sources claim that the superstar of Tamil cinema will begin work on this film in a specially erected jail set in a Hyderabad studio.

Well-known stylist Aalim Hakim has been roped in to style the Superstar for this film. A tweet put out by the popular stylist confirmed that he was indeed working on the superstar’s look.

Posting a picture of himself with Rajinikanth on July 24, Aalim had tweeted, “An innovative day at work with our one and only King! Sir RAJNIKANTH!”

The film, which will be Rajinikanth’s 169th film, is being produced by Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures and has Anirudh scoring its music. Other members of the cast and crew are yet to be announced by the unit.

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Buzz: Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan film in 2024?

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Two Superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan are expected to join hands and it was Kamal who is making this blockbuster combo true. The duo worked together decades ago and their new project is expected to roll in 2024. Lokesh Kanagaraj who directed Kamal Haasan’s Vikram will direct both these South Indian Superstars. As per the update, the film will be made on a massive budget of Rs 250 crores. Both Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan will work without any remuneration.

The duo will share the profits from the film. The shoot starts in 2024 once the top actors along with Lokesh Kanagaraj is done with their current projects. Rajinikanth will start the shoot of Jailer in August and the film will be directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. Kamal Haasan will work with Mahesh Narayanan very soon. Lokesh Kanagaraj will have to complete Vijay’s film and Khaidi 2. More details are expected to be out soon.

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Vignesh Shivan posts pics of Rajini, SRK at his wedding with Nayanthara

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Director Vignesh Shivan, who wed actress Nayanthara on June 9 this year, on Saturday posted pictures of actors Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan and director Mani Ratnam at their weddding on social media.

Looking to mark the completion of one month of their wedding, director Vignesh Shivan took to Instagram and posted a series of pictures of some of the celebrity guests who attended their grand wedding function.

He wrote: ” With the loving #Thalaivar Rajnikanth sir! Blessing our wedding with his esteemed presence with so much of positivity and good will.Happy to share some great moments on the one month anniversary of our special day #dreamymoments #wikkinayanwedding.”

He also said, “What more can anyone ask for ! King Khan Shah Rukh Khan! Blessed to have this humble, kind, charming and wonderful human being with us during our wedding! The Badshaah and the time with him ! Bliss ! Blessed! One month anniversary.”

Superstars Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi and director Mani Ratnam were some of the high profile guests who attended the wedding of the director with the actress at the Sheraton Grand in Mahabalipuram last month.

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Madhavan’s ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ gets Rajinikanth’s thumbs up

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Actor Rajinikanth on Monday lauded actor Madhavan’s just released film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’, saying everybody in general and youngsters in particular must watch it.

Taking to Twitter, Rajinikanth tweeted in Tamil, saying,” ‘Rocketry’ – A film that everybody must watch, especially youngsters.”

He said that actor Madhavan had very realistically portrayed the history of Padma Bhushan Nambi Narayanan, who, for the sake of the country’s space research development, had undergone several hardships and made sacrifices.

“Madhavan, in his debut as director, has through his realistic acting and filmmaking proved that he is among the finest directors,” Rajinikanth said and added, “My heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Madhavan for giving a film like this.”

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect traces the life of Indian scientist Nambi Narayanan, a former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer who was caught in the throes of an espionage scandal. The biographical drama, which was shot in multiple languages simultaneously including Hindi, Tamil and English, unveils the truth behind the mystery.

R. Madhavan, who plays Nambi Narayanan in the film, has directed, produced and written it.

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Rajinikanth’s upcoming film titled ‘Jailer’

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Fans of megastar Rajinikanth can rejoice as the title of his new film has been revealed as ‘Jailer’ by Sun Pictures.

After teasing fans with an update, the makers of Rajinikanth’s forthcoming drama disclosed the title for the icon’s 169th film on Friday.

The makers also unveiled the first-look title poster, which features a bloodstained sword hanging from the ceiling. Apart from the ferocious weapon, little more has been revealed about the crux.

According to the poster, ‘Jailer’ would be an action drama with music by Anirudh Ravichander.

Despite negative reviews, Nelson Dilipkumar’s previous film ‘Beast,’ starring Vijay, earned well at the box office, so hopes for ‘Jailer’ are high.

‘Jailer’ is Nelson Dilipkumar’s first-ever collaboration with Rajinikanth.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sivakarthikeyan, Priyanka Arul Mohan, Ramya Krishnan, and Yogi Babu have all been said to be in talks for crucial roles.

Kannada superstar Shivarajkumar has also revealed that he is working on the film and that his parts with Rajinikanth will be shot in Bengaluru or Mysuru.

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Rajini and I are great friends despite politics: Kamal Haasan

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South Indian superstar and president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), Kamal Haasan has said that politics and friendship are different and that he was a close friend of fellow superstar, Rajinikanth and that they had decided when they were 25 as to where the relationship will reach.

He said that they have a close personal rapport even though they had professional competition at times.

He also said that he was friends with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, and his son and DMK MLA Udayanidhi Stalin.

Kamal had come out with these statements during the audio and trailer launch of his latest movie ‘Vikram’.

Kamal said that Rajinikanth was not able to come to the trailer launch but had called him up to wish him and to explain his non-availability for the programme.

The actor also said that he and Udayanidhi Stalin are having a good relationship and added that Red Giant Movies owned by Udayanidhi was distributing his movie ‘Vikram’ in Tamil Nadu.

He said that Udayanidhi had told him that he was his (Kamal Haasan’s) fan and had requested him to act in at least a movie a year. Kamal Haasan also said that Udayanidhi Stalin was a simple man.

He also said that there was no problem in continuing with the friendship even though there were political differences. In the 2021 Assembly elections, Kamal had campaigned extensively against Udayanidhi Stalin and DMK.

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