A day before his 66th Birthday, movie legend Rajnikanth spoke about J Jayalalithaa and how he had caused her distress and defeat back in 1996 when he had publicly denounced her ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls.
With a tinge of regret Rajni remembered the time when he had famously said, “if Jayalalithaa is voted back to power, even God cannot save Tamil Nadu,” and how it turned into an important reason for her defeat.
“I had criticized her and hurt her. I was an important reason for her defeat,”
Rajni was speaking during the Jayalalithaa’s condolence meet which was organised by the Nadigar Sangam – South Indian Artists’ Association.
He then went on to remember how few years later, when his daughter Aishwarya’s wedding was planned, he wanted to invite Jayalalithaa but was embarrassed about what he had said.
“We got the appointment the very next day. I thought the invitation was only a formality and she would not come.”
But to his surprise not only Amma accepted his invitation but also postponed a party man’s family wedding to reach his daughter’s wedding.
“She told me that a wedding at a partyman’s family on the same day but she would postpone that wedding and come for Aishwarya’s wedding. This lady with a golden heart is no more among us.”
Getting a bit emotional Rajni added that Jayalalithaa always turned trials into triumph and despite having lost her father at the age of two and mother at the age of 22, and how she faced life challenges through sheer hard work.
“She is like a diamond. All the criticism and suffering polished her. Despite the pressure from a patriarchal society, she shone like one (diamond) and now she rests, like a Kohinoor diamond, besides Puratchi Thalaivar MGR’s memorial.”
It’s no secret that Rajni’s relationship with Jayalalithaa was a stormy one, especially on the political front.
Though he declined to take any sides in any subsequent elections, it’s no secret that he is a close friend of BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has a leaning towards the saffron party.