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Rajni, Sivaji two of a kind, says Dasari

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"I feel two actors have craved a niche for themselves in filmdom. It's Sivaji Ganesan and Rajnikant"



HONOURED: Dasari Narayana Rao, Minister for Coal & Mines (fourth from left), presenting Sivaji Ganesan Memorial Award to T.M. Soundararajan in Chennai on Saturday. Others are (from left) Vijay, Prabu, Rajnikant, P.Vasu and Ramkumar. — Photo: R. Ragu

CHENNAI: Union Minister for Coal and Mines Dasari Narayana Rao on Saturday compared Tamil superstar Rajnikant with the late Sivaji Ganesan, saying the two actors carved a niche for themselves in the film industry.

At a function to mark the 200th day celebrations of Chandramukhi, the film director-turned-Minister, said many could aspire to become actors, many actors could choose good roles, but very few could choose their retirement.

"Once Rajnikant told me that he wanted to retire from acting. I told him he should not and could not. Now I say he cannot do it. He is one actor who is sought after by his fans" he said, recalling that Sivaji productions had made the successful movie.

Reiterating how Mr. Rajnikant held sway over his fans, Mr. Rao said the movie ran for 100 days in South Africa.

Mr. Rajnikant recalled his relationship with Sivaji Ganesan, especially during the 20 days when both worked for the film Padaiyappa. "I am happy that Chandramukhi has become a hit."

Waiting for Aishwarya

Referring to reports that he had wanted Aishwarya Rai to perform a role in Padaiyappa (which later went to Ramya Krishnan), he said it was true.

In fact, he wished that the former Miss World would act with him in his last three movies.

"If beauty and acting ability join, will it not be worth the wait," he said.

Dr. Sivaji Ganesan Memorial award, instituted by the late actor's family, was presented to singer T.M. Soundararajan.

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