What Lata Mangeshkar is to music and Sachin Tendulkar is to cricket, likewise Rajinikanth is to Indian Cinema, particularly South Indian Cinema. Rajinikath’s mass popularity is such maniac that he is literally worshipped as a Demi God down South.
Yet it is tragic while Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar have been bestowed by Bharat Ratna Award, Rajinikanth has been awarded Padma Vibhushan, when the truth is he should be decorated with Bharat Ratna!
Nevertheless down to earth, humble and simple Rajinikanth has no complaints. When the government officials called Rajinikanth’s residence at Poes Garden, Chennai, to convey about the Padma Vibhushan award, the ‘Thalaivar’ was not at home. He was busy shooting for his upcoming film KABALI and the call was received by his daughter Aishwarya Dhanush.
Briefing media about the honor, Aishwarya Dhanush, said, “We are all elated and really thankful for this honour. We got a call this morning and interestingly, all of us, including my sister Soundarya, were at Appa's residence.”
“Ever since the news came out, we have been getting so many calls... He is not at home right now and is busy shooting in the city. So, we are all busy attending all the calls on his behalf," she laughed.
His younger daughter, Soundarya also tweeted, "Proud daughter!!!!! Appa is now Padma Vibhushan shri Rajinikanth."
Though Rajinikath and his family has expressed delight and made no resentment but Rajinikanth fans feel the pinch.
Looking at the enormous contribution of Rajinikanth to South Indian Cinema, bringing it out from the shamble of regional cinema and taking it to international heights, both in terms of quality and commercial success, the Padma Vibhushan award looks pigmy and the only award that does justify to ‘Thalaivar’s gigantic contribution is none but India’s ultimate award –The Bharat Ratna!