The iconic Rajinikanth, celebrated for his cinematic charisma, began his journey in the bustling lanes of Bangalore as a bus conductor. His rise to stardom was dotted with challenges, but these very experiences embedded humility in his character.
A testament to this humility was his recent surprise visit to the BMTC depot, the very place that marked the onset of his professional life. Opting for discretion, Rajini arrived without any prior announcement, melting the hearts of the staff with his warmth. His cordial interactions, complemented by the occasional selfie, only highlighted his down-to-earth nature.
Amidst the excitement, a few old colleagues who once shared their workspace with a younger Rajini got a chance to reconnect. Their shared reminiscences, set against the backdrop of Rajini in his simple white attire, painted a heartwarming scene of camaraderie and nostalgia.
The superstar’s day didn’t end there. He made his way to the Mantralayasri Raghavendra Mutt branch in Chamarajpet, paying his respects to Sri Sitapati Agrahara Raya. This location also carries significance, as it was where Rajini indulged in games during his youthful days.
Rajinikanth’s connection to Bangalore is profound. Having been born and raised there, the city holds countless memories for him. It’s not uncommon for Thalaiva, as he’s fondly called, to visit Bangalore discreetly, reminiscing over Bajji Bonda on the streets or catching a movie at local cinemas.
On the topic of movies, Rajini’s admiration for Puneet Andru, known affectionately as ‘Annav’, is well known. Thalaiva made it a point to catch Puneet’s debut film, “Kondadidru Thalaiva.” Since then, each time a Puneet movie graces the screen, Rajini can often be found among the audience in Bangalore. His discreet cinema outings, especially at the Akash and Vinayak halls, have even become the stuff of local legends.
In all, while stardom has adorned Rajinikanth with unparalleled accolades, his heart, it seems, remains nestled in the charming lanes of Bangalore.