It cannot be questioned that Rajinikanth is one of India’s most loved actors. His fame spread beyond our borders all the way to Japan where today, fan clubs exist not only in Tokyo but also in cities like Osaka and Kobetoo — his catchy dialogues, irresistible charm and his evergreen style have attracted thousands of fans. We might all gear up for the release of Kaala and Superstar’s Japanese fans are no less!
“I feel Rajini’s avatar in Kaa la is similar to that of Kabali and Basha . He plays the role of people’s hero, which I think is a common theme in his past movies and many other Indian films. But I do not expect Kaala to be any ordinary movie,” said Hiroyoshi Takeda, a 39-year-old hailing from Tokyo, who has even learnt Tamil to feel closer to his screen idol, Rajinikanth. He surprisingly knows more Tamil than English.
Takeda continued, “The only factor I’m unsure of is whether Kaala will be as well-received in Japan like his earlier film Muthu , because the former depicts a very serious and violent image. However, many people are enthusiastic about the ‘coolness’ of the new Rajini as seen in the trailer.”
The actor gained a profound aifan base in Japan with therelease of his film Muthu in 1998 that lasted in the cinemas for 23 weeks. Rajini has become a household name.
Takeda claimed, “Thalaivar has given our country a great impression of India and there are several Japanese movies like Nattu and Zatoichi influenced by him.” When asked about his favourite movie dialogue, Hiroyoshi said it is, “Naa oru thadava son na, nooru thadava sonna maa dhiri,” from Basha .
An imported auto rickshaw from Tamil Nadu adorned with a peacock and Rajinikanth stickers serves as a mode of transport for Hiroyoshi Takeda. In 2008, Takeda and fellow fan, Shinji Kashima, set up a South Indian food catering business called ‘Masalawala’ in their hometown. They make their living serving up sambar, vadas, rasam and the like in a fully traditional style on banana leaves.
Takeda and Kashima have already been to Chennai about ten times and seem to love the culture here.
“Superstar’s entry into politics has publicised Kaala even more, I feel. I am eagerly awaiting the release. It will be screened in Japan on the same day as India. I have already reserved a ticket,” he added and signed off with a Tamil phrase, Rombanandri!