When the first time fans and movie goers were made known that South India's biggest Superstar will portray himself as an aged person in his upcoming movie Kabali, there were mixed responses and reactions.
While some said Rajinikanth's bold decision came at just the right time, few others expressed their anxiety, fearing that their favourite star might not run around trees, chasing young girls anymore.
It's not that Rajinikanth has not portrayed such a character on-screen before, but this time around, situations have changed some. With back to back box office failures, the king of Tamil cinema had to do something different which gave rise to Kabali.
Not long ago, many might've thought that the Enthiran star might not star in a non-commercial flick. But his decision to join hands with Pa Ranjith (a director who says he doesn't know to direct a commercial film) raised a few eyebrows alright.
This particular choice of movie and the way Rajinikanth is about to get showcased in Kabali might have a deeper meaning to it.
Has the Superstar decided to deviate from his usual norms to do variety of roles? Will he be seen in character roles post Enthiran 2? Perhaps, that might be the idea.