Rajini impresses the intellectuals

Superstar Rajinikanth may be Indian cinemas biggest ever mass hero, who does commercial films.
On Thursday (Feb 2) evening, the humble actor wooed the intellectuals of Tamil literature by his plain talk.

Rajinikanth was the cynosure of all eyes at an event to felicitate noted Tamil writer S Ramakrishnan. Remember that Ramakrishnan was the writer of Rajinikanth's Baba?

The famous writer was being honoured by Uyirmei Publications for having won the Iyal Lifetime Literary Achievement Award given by the Tamil literary garden of Toronto.

The cream among Tamil writers and poets like Vairamuthu, Gjanasambandam, Manushaputhran, A Perumal and others were there at the function.

Speaking at the event, Rajinikanth said: "I'm happy but a bit scared to be a part of an event like this, which would be attended by intellectuals. Like Karna who was cursed to forget important mantras when he needed them the most,I feared that I would forget to use the right Tamil words. I don't know how to write in Tamil, and my English is weak. I know many spoken languages but I have not mastered any of them."

The superstar said that he learnt a lot from books, though his education background was somewhat limited. The superstar quoted lines from the works of various literary giants like Vivekananda, Tagore, Kannadasan, Edison and Hindu sages.

Ramakrishnan in his acceptance speech said there is a writer hidden inside Rajinikanth who is an avid reader and is fond of historical and mythological writing.

At one time S. Ramakrishnan had almost completed a "true vivid biography" of the superstar, but has kept it on the hold as per the actor's request.

Rajinikanth was candid and said: "The biography would hurt a lot of people as it is a faithful and true account of my life. So I asked Ramakrishnan to keep it on the hold and he has not even taken a remuneration to write my biography."


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