By Manishaa R
The Karnataka distributor of Kabali, Rockline Venkatesh, who had last produced Lingaa with the star, says that the success of the film has vindicated Rajnikanth’s stand and proved his detractors and enemies wrong. “The politically vested interests who tried to stall the release of Kabali a few days before its release, also tried to play politics during the release of my film, Lingaa. They tried every possible trick on earth to tarnish his image but Rajnikanth remained unscathed. His immense talent and his simplicity and humility stood out and today audiences over the world have hailed him as the biggest Indian superstar on screen. He has created history and no Indian star has got this kind of a following in the world. People who tried to stop him and play with his image just before the release of the film have now learnt a lesson that he is the ultimate screen icon and nobody can tarnish his image,” Venkatesh added.
It may be recalled that Lingaa produced by Rockline Venkatesh and directed by KS Ravikumar, was expected to be one of the year’s biggest releases, but failed to live up to expectations after which Venkatesh accused distributors of starting a smear campaign against Rajnikanth. “They started running down the film even before the first weekend was over. They never came up with positive solutions like boosting publicity when they knew the film wasn’t doing well. They went public with their losses and killed the film,” Venkatesh had claimed in a section of the media.
Meanwhile Venkatesh is counting on Kabali to set a new precedent in Bangalore and the entire Karnataka by being the highest grossing Rajnikanth starrer at the box-office, “Kabali continues to be a festival of sorts at all the Bangalore multiplexes where it is being played. When the film opened, the youngsters thronged the theatres and now it is the family audiences that is patronising it in full force,” Venkatesh reveals.
On being asked whether he had any plans to produce a film with Rajnikanth once again Venkatesh revealed that working with the legendary star was a dream for every producer, “If a producer gets a chance to produce one movie with Rajnikanth, it is more than enough for a lifetime. What else can one ask for? His talent and his goodwill make working with him a unique experience,” he said.