Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Superstar's Secret.

How do you explain the iconic status of Rajnikanth? Why do people idolize him so? What accounts for his electrifying screen presence?

These are questions that all of you have been asking repeatedly and haven’t found the answers for. The questions are even more relevant these days, when the only topic of conversation is the movie, “Sivaji”.

I set out to find the answers, to get to the bottom of the mystery and put an end to your collective agony.

My first theory was, “Can the popularity be due to his charisma alone?”. I flew down to Mumbai and posed this question to some Bollywood stars. One of them, an ex-star known as Randhir Kapoor, told me with a sad look on his face, “Alas, this is not true. Though I would have liked her to, my daughter Charisma was not involved with Rajni, romantically or otherwise. Given his fabulous wealth, Charisma Ka-poor would have become Charisma Ka-rich by now. Sigh!.”

That ruled out Charisma. So, did the debonair Rajni acquire his stardom by accident? Or was he a natural phenomenon blessed by Providence? To probe deeper into this question, I contacted Mr. South Kurien, Chairman of the Inter-Galactic Malayalee Diaspora, at his home located in Planet Zzzbaum. He checked up and reported back that while their universal data base contained millions of Nairs and Menons, there was nobody enrolled by the name of Debo Nair or Pheno Menon.

So, are fans simply getting enthralled over and mesmerized by his antics, stunts and stylish mannerisms. To test this hypothesis, a controlled experiment was conducted in T.Nagar in Chennai. When a videotape of Rajni movie was shown to fans, there was absolutely no response and they continued to spin in that measured, philosophical manner typical of ceiling fans. Thanks are due to Ratna Fan House who sponsored this study.

So, it was not charisma, or Providence or antics and style. So, what was it then?

Finally, the puzzle was cracked by Prof. Bijlee Kumar, Head of the Dept of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Madras. After a thorough research on the subject, during which he dug deep into Rajni’s past, the learned Professor published his findings which stated that Rajni, prior to joining the film world, had started his career in a public transport corporation and had acquitted himself creditably as a bus conductor. As we all know, a good conductor allows current to flow freely and this is what Rajni seems to have done admirably. This is what accounts for his electrifying presence.

The mystery of the magnetic megastar is thus resolved. The secret of the shining superstar is out.

12 comments:

Usha said...

kanna aarulayum saavu noorulayum saavu aana ippadi rajini pathi padiche saavu varumnu thalaivar kooda sollaliye.
(Nearly died laughing.Hehehehehe)

Sundar Narayanan said...

Bijlee Kumar cracked me up..

:)

Shruthi said...

Fantastic!

Poppins said...

Too Much ! Now I know the secret !

Poppins said...

BTW mine's a G for General Audiences! Yours is an R? (*snickers*)

Raj said...

Usha, don't tell me that your twisted muscle is due to all the laughing?

sundar, thanks.

Shruthi, thanks. And thanks for the plug on Blogbharthi.

poppins : Yes, you ought to thank me for the great pains I took to unravel the whole mystery.

poppins : actually R has a higher snob appeal, you know.

dame's diary said...

Hilarious ....

Anonymous said...

thalai.. neenga chance illa ponga..

Raj said...

dame's diary, thanks

anon : ???

prakash said...

Brilliant!!!

Raj said...

prakash, thanks

Rahi said...

wow. marvellous. mindblowing. u can add more adjectives here. not for rajnikanth though. u know people in north india are more confused as to y rajni is so popular down south - a man with average looks, balding head, and loud acting skills. but i know now y his performances electrify the crowd