At the recent audio launch event for Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s upcoming film, Rajinikanth addressed the rumors surrounding his relationship with Thalapathy Vijay, emphasizing the mentorship role he played in Vijay’s life.
Rajinikanth and Thalapathy Vijay stand as iconic figures in the Tamil movie industry, consistently captivating audiences and earning a special place in the hearts of fans over the years.
During the audio launch of Rajinikanth’s previous film Jailer in August, an analogy involving a crow and an eagle in his speech sparked speculation of a rift between the two actors. This speculation escalated when Vijay used a similar metaphor during the audio launch of Leo. However, Rajinikanth has now clarified that the analogy was misinterpreted, and he harbors no ill feelings towards Thalapathy Vijay.
Addressing the audience, Rajinikanth expressed his dismay at the misconceptions: “Many people falsely perceive that the ‘crow-eagle’ analogy was aimed at Vijay. It hurts me that it’s being interpreted this way. Both Vijay and I have stated that we only compete with ourselves, not each other. Vijay is someone who has grown up in front of me.”
Rajinikanth recounted an incident from 1988 during the filming of Dharmathin Thalaivan, where he was shooting at Vijay’s home. Vijay, then around 13 or 14 years old, was introduced to Rajinikanth by his father SA Chandrasekhar. Rajinikanth advised the young Vijay to focus on studies first. Reflecting on Vijay’s journey, Rajinikanth praised his discipline and hard work that brought him to where he is today. He extended his best wishes to Vijay, emphasizing the mutual respect between them.
The veteran actor urged fans to refrain from perpetuating any feud, emphasizing that acknowledging each other as competition would undermine the respect they hold for one another.
On the cinematic front, Rajinikanth is set to make an extended cameo in the sports drama film “Lal Salaam,” slated for release on February 9th. The film, featuring Vishnu Vishal and Vikranth in lead roles, has been produced by Subaskaran Allirajah under the banner of Lyca Productions, with AR Rahman handling the music.
In addition to “Lal Salaam,” Rajinikanth is currently filming for “Vettaiyan” with director TJ Gnanavel. The star-studded cast includes Amitabh Bachchan, Fahadh Faasil, Rana Daggubati, Manju Warrier, Ritika Singh, and Dushara Vijayan, with music by Anirudh Ravichander. Rajinikanth is also collaborating with Lokesh Kanagaraj for a film tentatively titled “Thalavar171.”
Meanwhile, Thalapathy Vijay is immersed in the shooting of his upcoming project “The Greatest of All Time” with director Venkat Prabhu. The film boasts an ensemble cast, including Meenakshi Chaudhary, Prabhu Deva, Yogi Babu, Mic Mohan, Jayaram, and others in significant roles, with Yuvan Shankar Raja composing the music.