When a tiger has sex with a tornado: Rajnikanth

The release of Endhiran aka The Robot this Friday is creating sufficient noise in the media as almost every movie seems to do these days. But since it is Rajnikanth, and since the movie also involves the action director of The Matrix, the creature designer of Jurassic Park, and the music composer of Slumdog Millionaire, Shankar‘s movie it is also getting a bit of foreign press.

Grady Hendrix attempts to crack the Rajni phenomenon in the online magazine, Slate:

“If a tiger had sex with a tornado and then their tiger-nado baby got married to an earthquake, their offspring would be Rajinikanth. Or, as his films are contractually obligated to credit him, “SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth!”…

“Onscreen, when Rajinikanth points his finger, it’s accompanied by the sound of a whip cracking. When he becomes enraged, the director cuts to a shot of a gorilla pounding his chest or inserts a tiger roaring on the soundtrack. Echo is added to enhance his “punch dialogues,” rhyming lines uttered at moments of high drama….

“The Superstar doesn’t just mop his brow with a towel; he flourishes it like a bullfighter. Putting his sunglasses on is an operation as complex as a Vegas floorshow. His action scenes are so mannered that they’re like watching a new form of macho Kabuki.”

Read the full article: The biggest star you haven’t heard of

Also read: 11 similarities between Rajni and the iPod

A hit, yes, but why does Rajni have such a hold?

The most testing day in the life of Rajnikanth

Don’t tell us you didn’t know this one about Rajni

How Rajnikanth caught the lion

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13 Responses to “When a tiger has sex with a tornado: Rajnikanth”

  1. Sanjay D Says:

    When was the last time any comments on a Kannada movie was mentioned in the blog-positive or negative.
    Films like Matte Mungaaru deserves a line or two.

  2. Rama Says:

    @Sanjay: Pl go into hibernation for a couple of years!

  3. Anshuman Patel Says:

    Grady Hendrix gets it pat down. He has a way with the words just as Rajani has a way with everything!


    I agree. But at the same time Rajani is, as the article says, a phenomenon. Let’s not grudge him his spot in the sun. Whether we like it or not, the opening of his every movie (recently) has been a larger than life event.

  4. Kaangeya Says:

    When we write about Rajini we are simply writing about a Kannada mannina maga who happens to make movies in Tamil.

  5. Anonymous Guy Says:

    Rajani is the best!

  6. Nagendra Bhatta Says:

    What’s this Churumuri’s obession with Tamil movies? If I remember, churumuri was complaining when Tamil cable channels were taken off the air in Karnataka during ‘Kaveri dispute’.

    Again, don’t bother answering any of my questions above as I already know the answer. It also explains why our so-called ‘namma kannada’ industry is in gutter in terms of popularity.


    Don’t get me wrong – I have no patience or tolerance towards ‘namma’ Jaggesh or other idiotic movies they deliver in dozens every year. But…I don’t understand why Churumuri always writes about Tamil industry with a (secret) admiration.


    Just to make it clear – I’m not against Rajani or his personality. God bless him. My point is…don’t we have any down-to-earth personalities from our industry that we can talk about?

  7. Pradeep Says:

    @A Patel
    I don’t think Sanjay is grudging the limelight Rajni gets in Kannada press….after all, most Kannadigas are proud of Rajni’s achievements in TN. However, it has been really long time since we saw something on Kannada cinema on Churumuri. Why not a post or two on that ?

    Wow.. what an intellectual response!

  8. Putnanja Says:

    Looks like another stupid crap shoot. I wouldn’t pay to watch this movie.


  9. Rama Says:


    when I said two years, I’m being optimistic!


    waiting for the pirated DVDs as always?!

  10. Sanjay D Says:

    Sir/Madam, I would love to if I can offered that. Why do you so much concern about me, can you reason it out.

    @Anshuman Patel
    I completely agree with you. Infact, I have read a book about Rajani cover to cover which I treasure it in my collection.
    My issue was about neglecting KFI. Some eminent star has to die, else Ramya has to inaugurate a lawn mower or Jewelery store for some articles even remotely related to Kannada Film Industry to be published.

  11. Putnanja Says:

    @Rama, I take it that you already watched the movie and jerked off to Rajni! congrats!

    And no I am not waiting for the pirated DVD of this. I like to pay and watch sensible movies, if you know what I mean. If you have been watching Rajni movies for a while you probably don’t know what ‘sensible’ means….but that’s whatever get you going….

  12. Open Letter To Aroon Purie « The NITK Numbskulls Page Says:

    […] Especially in this age of Facebook and Twitter and gTalk status messages? Heck, it was the title of this Churumuri article, for godsake. For context, more people read that article than your titchy Letter From The Editor. […]

  13. Harish Says:

    I think Ramya is very beautiful and every act of hers deserves headline news.

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