Rajini waited in queues for hours to watch MGR’s films on the first day


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.


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