After the meeting, Rajinikanth compared the Sena chief to god. "He is like god to me.", agencies quoted the actor as saying. Thackeray has often showered praises on the actor in the Sena's mouthpiece Saamna. In one of his columns, Balasaheb had taken a dig at Bollywood stars and said they should take a cue from Rajinikanth, who always fights for the rights of his 'karmabhoomi'.
Rajinikanth is a Maharashtrian by birth, but he has always been seen as a person, who promotes the cause of Tamil Nadu - the state where he earned his name and fame.