The minister reportedly told Asian Tribune, "The money was not directly sent. Millions of US dollars were given to a London-based Tamilian. He was asked to produce Tamil films in Chennai with top stars like Rajnikanth," (in Kuselan and during the initial days of shooting of Robot, which later changed hands and has been renamed Endhiran,) he claimed and said "the ageing super star received the blood money."
The minister did not say how much money was paid to Rajini. But merely said he was paid "lavishly." The "London-based Tamilian" is seen as a reference to London Karunas as the producer was called, who was with Ayngaran International, but parted ways with the production company a couple of years ago.
While Kuselan was produced by K Balachander, Aswani Dutt and G P Vijayakumar in Tamil and Telugu. Robot was bought by media giant Sun Films after Ayngaran wanted to move out of its production. The movie was renamed as Endhiran. Rajnikanth is currently shooting for the film.
Industry personalities including Rama Narayanan, Ameer and Bharathiraja also ruled out these charges of Lankan minister. Condemning the remark, Rama Narayanan, president, Tamil Nadu Producers" Council, said: “There"s no need for LTTE to fund a Rajinikanth film indirectly through anyone. And Rajinikanth has no need to take up a project financed this way.
There are a lot of producers here waiting to do a film with him and he will not resort to a project like this. Whoever has claimed it should have done so for cheap publicity, because they know that anything about Rajinikanth makes it to the headlines!"
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