“You remember that first scene in ‘Thalapathy’? The brilliant camera work is complete with the subtle shadow play – alternating between a darker side to a brighter side! Right there, that is where I fell with love with Rajini. Rajini to me is more than just any other star – he is an icon who scaled all odds to get to where he is today!
I have never missed any of the FDFS till date and I was lucky enough to get married to a husband who is an even greater fan than I am! I don’t think we can narrow down my liking to his charisma or his dedication. Just catching a glimpse of him on the screen is enough for us – he is one such magnetic personality.
As a quilling artist, I was greatly inspired to do something as a fan art for Rajini and that is when I made a quilled portrait of one of his old photos from the year 1980s. It took about 3000 strips to complete it and it went viral within no time! This was close to the release of the movie ‘Darbar’ so the picture of me holding the portrait went viral everywhere and I was interviewed by CNN for a small interview. The dream is to make sure that the art reaches him someday.
One another thing I am really glad for is that my elder son is also onboard the Rajini fan bandwagon. It started with him asking us to play the darbar trailer on a continuous loop and protesting to watch the movie in theatres with us. Much to the surprise of everyone in our family, we have no influence over his choices but I am secretly glad that my son is also onboard with me.
One of the key takeaways from Rajini is that, no matter who and where you are, opportunities come knocking on your door every now and then! It is on us to make the most of each opportunity and sail through life. One doesn’t need to look beautiful or pretty to be successful in life. The world is more welcoming of people who put their heart into whatever they do and I think he is one true icon who stands as a living testimony to that.
Just like how my friends call me up on December 12th to wish the superstar a happy birthday, I wish every other Rajini fan here to follow the ideals he has showcased to us. Though the dream of meeting him hasn’t materialised till date, my life is complete knowing he occupies the same world as I do.”
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