But Vishnuvardhan's and Soundarya, who died in an air crash one month before the film's release in 2004, reflected that the spirit of Nagavalli claimed both deaths. Rajinikanth was absolutely shocked by the two deaths. So he conducted a Maha Mrutyunjaya homa (to ward off death) and visited several shrines in and around Mysore to counter the negative energy and evil forces. A senior executive at Mysore's Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel confirmed that Rajinikanth and his family stayed in their hotel conducting poojas and visiting pilgrimages. Is he really scared?? or is it the maya of Nagavalli- the unknown spirit..
It seems that Superstar Rajinikanth is scared for his life. The deaths of his close friend Vishnuvardhan, the Kannada actor, and co-star Soundarya might have evoked the fear in him. Malayalam film Manichithra Thaazhu was remade in Kannada with Vishnuvardhan titled Aapta Mitra and in Tamil with Rajinikanth titled Chandramukhi. The film dealt with a spirit Nagavalli who is an imaginated one.