The legendary Rajinikanth is arguably the most popular and sought-after star in the Tamil film industry today. During his nearly four-decade-long career, ‘Thalaiva’—as fans love to call him—has won the respect of countless fans thanks to his charismatic personality, gripping performances, and humble nature. Over the years, he has also shown that he is someone who never hesitates to support good films and upcoming artists. Previously, he has praised films such as Nayanthara’s ‘Aramm’ and given their makers a reason to rejoice. Now, Rajini has done such a thing again. As it so happens, yesterday, he congratulated Director Prabhu for coming up with a gem of a film in ‘Aruvi’ and said that he cried and laughed a lot while walking the movie. Talking about the call from Rajinikanth, the director told a leading website that he was deeply touched by the superstar‘s kind words.
“It was a truly surreal moment. He told me ‘Hats Off’ five times. I thanked him. He said, “I’m the one who should thank you for giving a fantastic film like Aruvi to audiences. Your film made me cry a lot and laugh out loud. It also left me thinking deeply. You have a great future ahead. You’re one of the important directors in Tamil cinema.” I worked as an assistant to director KS Ravikumar in Rana and Kochadaiyaan and travelled nearly two years with the team. He didn’t know that I was the director of Aruvi. After I told him, he recognised me. He appreciated the entire team for their performances and said everyone has lived in their roles.” He said.
Well, we are quite happy for Arun Prabhu and hope that ‘Aruvi’ continues winning hearts. In case you did not know, ‘Aruvi’ is a socio-political drama and highlights the social anguish faced by a young lady. The film hit screens last week and featured debutante Aditi Balan in the lead. Interestingly, the film features a scene that makes fun of Vijay. And, not surprisingly, it has not gone down well with Thalapathy fans. Talking about the controversy, Arun Prabhu said that he really did not want to insult anyone through the dialogue and requested fans to not hold a grudge against him.
“It was not something I wrote as a deliberate attempt. It’s told from the perspective of one of the characters in the story. It came as a flow in the screenplay during that particular sequence. My film talks about deep resentment. It’s against hatred and stresses how one should not hold a grudge against others. So, it was definitely not my intention to personally attack anyone. Also, it was not written just to create some controversy. Aruvi is about love, humanity and compassion,” he added.
Well, this is a sincere explanation and we hope that it puts the controversy to rest. On a related note, this is a busy time for Rajinikanth. He currently has ‘Kaala’ and ‘2.0’ in his kitty. ‘Kaala’ is touted to be a crime-drama and has been directed by Pa Ranjith. In it, he will be seen alongside Huma Qureshi and Bollywood star Nana Patekar. The film’s posters have already created a buzz amongst fans and ‘Kaala’ could turn out to be a hit upon release. As far as ‘2.0’ is concerned, it is a sci-fi thriller and has been directed by S Shankar. A sequel to the 2010 release ‘Endhiran’, it will see Rajini reprise his ‘Chitti’ character from the first part and will hit screens in April 2018. Besides Rajinikanth, it also features Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the lead. Akki will be playing a negative role in what is the first Tamil film of his career. At the film’s audio launch—which was held in October—Akki had said that working in a Tamil film proved to be a terrific learning experience for him.
So, have you seen ‘Aruvi’? Did you like it? Comments, please!