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Rajinikanth denies rumoured rivalry with Vijay; says ‘I’m his well-wisher, not competitor’

Rajinikanth, who addressed the audience at the Lal Salaam audio launch event, revealed that he is hurt by the rumours about his alleged rivalry with Vijay.

Rajinikanth denies rumoured rivalry with Vijay; says ‘I’m his well-wisher, not competitor’

Rajinikanth recalled meeting Vijay when the latter was just 13 during his Lal Salaam audio launch speech

Last Updated: 04.27 PM, Jan 27, 2024


Rajinikanth, the legendary superstar of Tamil cinema, is on a signing spree and has a massive line-up of upcoming projects. He will be next seen in Lal Salaam, the upcoming sports drama helmed by Aishwarya Rajinikanth. As reported earlier, the veteran actor is making an extended cameo appearance in the much-awaited film. During the recently held audio launch event of the movie, Rajinikanth finally addressed the rumours about his alleged rivalry with Tamil cinema’s crowd-puller, Vijay.

Rajinikanth says he is Vijay’s well-wisher

For the uninitiated, Rajinikanth narrated a ‘Kaakka-Kazhugu’ (Crow-Eagle) story at the audio launch event of his 2023 blockbuster, Jailer. Fans of Thalapathy Vijay, who watched the superstar’s speech, interpreted that he was taking a dig at their idol. The speculations became stronger after Vijay referred to the same during the Leo Success Meet event. However, the Lal Salaam actor, who addressed audiences during the audio launch event of his upcoming film, denied targeting Vijay.

The allegations against Rajinikanth have deeply hurt him, he said. He stated that many people have a false perception that he was targeting the Master actor with his ‘Crow-Eagle’ story. The veteran actor, who further added that Vijay is someone who grew up in front of him, said that he is a well-wisher of The GOAT actor, not a competitor. The superstar also recalled meeting Vijay for the first time when he was just 13 years old, on the sets of his popular film Dharmathin Thalaivan.

Rajinikanth remembered that Vijay was seated on top of a staircase and was looking at him from there when they first met. After the shooting, the Varisu actor’s father, director S.A. Chandrasekhar, introduced him to the superstar and revealed that his son is interested in acting. Rajinikanth had advised Vijay to complete his education before entering the film industry. The veteran actor feels that the his younger contemporary has become a superstar because of his commendable discipline, hard work, and talent.


Rajinikanth on Vijay’s political entry

The Jailer actor further confirmed that Thalapathy Vijay is gearing up for his political entry soon. Rajinikanth, who stated that it is disrespectful to say that they are each other’s competitors, added that both of them believe in competing with themselves. The superstar concluded his speech by requesting both his fans and Vijay’s followers to stop comparing them.

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