Superstar Rajinikanth has revealed that he had, during his younger days, waited for hours together in long, serpentine queues in theatres in Bangalore to watch and enjoy the first-day’s show of the late and legendary MGR’s films.
Rajini recalled in particular his long wait in queue to get the tickets to watch MGR’s super-duper hit Naan Aanaiyittaal which was produced by Sathya Movies. Rajini was speaking at an event held in the city to mark the 90th birthday celebrations of film-maker and veteran politician R.M. Veerappan. Veerappan’s Sathya Movies had produced many blockbuster movies starring MGR and Rajinikanth.
“When I was in Bangalore, one of my friends challenged me to get the first-day-first-show tickets of ‘Vaathiyaar’ MGR’s Naan Aanaiyittaal and I accepted his challenge. In those days even the balcony tickets were priced only at Rs.2.10. If MGR had mad-like fans in Tamil Nadu, his fans in Karnataka were extremely passionate and MGR’s stardom rivaled that of Karnataka superstar Rajkumar.
“I went to the hall at 05:30 in the morning, waited for six hours in the queue and got the tickets for the morning show. The film was produced by Sathya Movies and later, when I became an actor, Raanuva Veeran was the first film I did for Sathya Movies. From getting tickets for a film produced by Sathya Movies, due to the Almighty’s grace, I had graduated to starring in a film produced by it,” Rajini concluded.