Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth turns 67 today but stayed away from the celebrations – spending the day out of town at a secret location. Sources close to Rajinikanth said he opted for a low-key birthday following Cyclone Ochki, in which nearly 500 Tamil fishermen are still missing and 40 people had died. But this happens to be the third year Rajinikanth has chosen to stay away from the fanfrenzy.
This did not stop his wide fans base from celebrating the actor’s birthday. A huge image of Rajinikanth was created using 6700 mini cup cakes in Chennai to celebrate the star’s birthday. Fans also gathered in huge numbers outside the actor’s residence to show their support. A series of prayer meeting were also organised for the welfare of the 67-year-old.
Veteran star Kamal Haasan wished superstar Rajinikanth on his birthday, referring to him as his ‘brother.’ Rajinikanth responded to Mr Haasan’s tweet and said, “Thank you very much for your best wishes my dear friend”
In a tweet wishing the superstar, Mr Haasan said he that he was in the US for his upcoming film, ‘Vishwaroopam 2.’Rajinikanth responded to Mr Haasan’s tweet and said, “Thank you very much for your best wishes my dear friend”
Rajinikanth’s birthday greeting started at midnight with son-in-law Dhanush revealing a new poster of the superstar’s upcoming film Kaala Karikaalanor Kaala. As the day progressed, birthday wishes for Rajinikanth flooded Twitter. Rajinikanth received best wishes from Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar. Mr Bachchan and Rajinikanth co-starred in Hum and Rajinikanth also starred in south remake of Big B’s Don (released as Billa in Tamil). With Akshay, Rajinikanth has made 2.0, the release date of which hasn’t been finalised yet. “Have always been in awe of your onscreen persona but working with you made me a bigger fan of you off-screen. They don’t call you Superstar just like that. Keep shining the brightest.”
Birthday wishes for the Tamil superstar flooded twitter through the day. He received birthday messages from all walks of life to which he said, “My heartfelt thanks to all my Political friends, film fraternity friends, sports world friends and media friends & well wishes for wishing me on my birthday”
Rajinikanth’s birthday is usually celebrated in grandeur with fans pouring milk on large posters of the actor, some of them as tall as a three-storey building, in a ritualistic way to show their deep respect. In 2016, the actor discouraged his fans from celebrating his birthday, days after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died in a private hospital. A year before that, the Chennai flood that caused widespread damage led Rajinikanth to call off Rajinikanth birthday bash.