"SS Rajamouli wants to take Aamir Khan, Rajinikanth and Mohanlal on board for this project," said a source
"In this film I am villain. The truth is hero of 2.0 is not Rajinikanth, but Akshay Kumar," Rajinkanth said, reports news agency PTI. He went a step ahead: "If I was given a choice, I would have taken that character. Hats off to Akshay, he has worked so hard."
"There is no bigger star than him. It is because he is so humble, simple. He is so sincere and hard working. It is incredible to observe his hard work and I have had a great time working with Rajini sir"
"Rajini sir was eagerly looking forward to the release of Oppam. A special screening was organised at his home last night (Wednesday). He thoroughly enjoyed watching the film," a source revealed
Here's a part of the letter's contents: "I returned to India after hearing the huge success of Kabali and witnessed it in person after coming here and am thrilled. So, heartfelt thanks the crew, director, producer, co-actors, fans, public, youth, women, media friends, theatre owners."
"In India, the film has earned Rs 250 crore, which includes Rs 100 crore from Tamil Nadu and Rs 150 crore from places outside the state in India," read a statement from the makers
Even before the film, there was unprecedented hype and in keeping with the mood, Rajini's fans came determined to enjoy the experience. As always there was deafening whistling, even before the first frame when Thalaivar appears on screen
In Chennai, fans set off firecrackers, gave out sweets and poured milk over giant posters advertising the movie, a tradition that derives from the ritual bathing of Hindu idols in milk
"Whenever Rajini sir's film releases, I come to Aurora theatre because there is a different type of Rajinikanth fans mania here. I can see his jalwa here and I try to watch his films here. I had watched Robot and Sivaji: The Boss here," Madhur Bhandarkar told NDTV
"When Rajini sir starts acting, you just stand in mute admiration. But when it's your turn to speak, you are just galvanised into action because of the inspiration his presence gives. You are automatically pushed to give your best. He too makes sure everyone is comfortable around him," said Dhanshikha
Rajini mania is, very apparently, at fever pitch. But it wasn't always this way. It took the 65-year-old actor - which is a very inadequate description of him - several films spaced over decades to climb to the current Everest of fame he enjoys now
One man told NDTV, "There is one sunlight. There is one moonlight. There is one god. There is only one superstar"