As Rajinikanth returns from Singapore tonight, there will be much rejoicing.
To jog your memory: The movie icon had fallen ill in April when he began shooting for his home production Rana. He was admitted to a Chennai hospital, and later shifted to Singapore on the advice of his friend Amitabh Bachchan. Rajini's fans had become emotional, demanding to know what was wrong with his health. That had prompted his family to scotch rumours that he was sinking.
Rajinikanth, 60, has been around in the movie industry since 1975, but hype about him became national only recently, after journalists in the north first read about the lavishly mounted Sivaji, and then heard that he was getting paid Rs 26 crore for his role in Robot.
That made him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. And they thought Hindi movies were big. Who can argue with success so spectacular?
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