The Music Launch of Endhiran, a movie touted to be one of the most ambitious Indian films yet, took place at Kuala Lumpar. The venue was jam-packed, and understandingly so! The presence of Super Star Rajinikanth, double-Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and popular filmmaker Shankar, under one roof, is a once in a life-time occurrence. The Endhiran music CD was released by the movie’s producer Kalanidhi Maran, M.D. of Sun Pictures. Everyone was given an opportunity to share with the eager and enthused audience their experience making the film. But the speech that was most longed for came last!
When Rajinikanth ascended the stage, the auditorium exploded in applause and one could almost touch the anticipation and excitement that spread through the hall. “When I was going to sign on Sivaji, I asked Kamal (Haasan) what kind of a maker Shankar was. He told me, he is a very intelligent man, but a very demanding man as well. And now, before Sun Pictures came on board, I told Mr. Kalanidhi Maran that Shankar is a like a wild, race horse – he wild surely get to the destination, but we must hang-on tight, to keep up with him,” Rajni said of Shankar. Adding that the director was a true visionary and would won day direct a fabulous Hollywood movie.
Talking about A.R. Rahman, he said, “Spiritual books tell us that there are three important aspects that differentiate a normal man and a yogi. A true yogi has no ego. He is someone who follows the path of love. And above all he surrenders himself unto God, by putting Him before all else – success, power, money. Considering these things, ARR is a yogi. He has all these three qualities that spiritual gurus say make a yogi. He’s the best proof that you don’t have to go to the Himalayas to find yogis!”
Rajni went on to say that Aishwarya Rai is no ordinary girl. She combines beauty and brains. “She is the most beautiful Miss World of our times. Even in a scene in the movie where she wore hardly any make-up, she looked stunning! She’s the kind of woman, who is charming in every way,” he added.
Coming to the unconditional affection his fans have for him, Rajni was humble in saying they treat him like a baby. “Parents dress up their child in fancy clothes, and rejoice when they see that child sing and dance. Similarly, you all dress me up in different get-ups, make me look younger, ask me to dance and sing, and praise and applaud me when I do that. It’s all your doing. I do nothing,” he quipped. Wrapping up him speech, like the true philosopher and spiritualist he is, the star insisted the happiness and success are not permanent. “Sometimes you will have to come down before you achieve something that will take you to the top. If you succeed once and think, that you’re successful, you will be in for a rude shock. Ups and downs in life, are inevitable. Learn to accept both and move,” he said and returned to his seat, amidst resounding applause.