Superstar Rajinikanth has said that he felt that he hadn’t ‘achieved’ a lot in the industry and added that awards given to famous film personalities shouldn’t bear his name. He was speaking on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the awards-giving ceremony of the Ashram Arts Academy run by his wife Latha wherein awards were given to many achievers in the field of entertainment.
Organized by Latha Rajinikanth, the function has Rajini taking part in it. Looking as graceful as ever in his favourite white-coloured pyjama-kurta, Rajini gave away the awards to the late actor Shammi Kapoor, ex-Bollywood queen Asha Parekh, film-maker and Rajini’s mentor K. Balachander and honoured them.
Rajini then took the mike. “I came late as I was told that it was enough if I came during the closing stages of the function. I’m happy to be sharing the dais with the award-winning artistes. Legendary Asha Parekh has come all the way from Mumbai to receive this award; I’m also thankful to Aadithya, son of the late legend Shammi Kapoor, who has received the award on behalf of his father.
“Shammi is one of my most-favourite actors whose style was infectious. Instead of giving away awards in my name, it should be given in the name of my mentor K. Balachander. I feel awkward giving away awards to my guru in my name. I have also told Latha about this. In future, the same award should be given in K. Balachander’s name. I don’t feel that I have achieved a lot. My mentor is the deserving person in whose name awards ought to be given,” said Rajini.
Point noted, Sir!