However, some of his fans have responded to his request and have started an anti-smoking campaign. In different parts of Tamil Nadu, his zealous fans are gathering at places and burning cigarettes like a bonfire to create awareness. Adding to that they are shouting slogans in public to quit smoking along with praising the superstar.
Recently, addressing a gathering of his fans to mark his birthday, he said his illness had been caused by smoking, but admitted he was unable to give it up. "I haven't quit smoking, but you should do so," he said adding that he has recovered from his kidney ailment, involving extensive medical treatment, only by God's grace and the prayers of his fans.
Superstar Rajinikanth turned 62 on Wednesday (12-12-12). The actor, whose next film is Kochadaiyaan directed by his daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth, was seriously ill in 2011 due to which he was asked to quit smoking by doctors.