As a young boy, Gopi ran around his village in his underwear being chased by an irate father when he was caught playing truant watching Rajnikanth films. As a grown up, the consequences would be much more dire, but the love story continued.
God, Media, and Tamil Politics
Director Siva Ananthasubramanian describes the history of fanclubs, and why it mattered for a star to declare himself an atheist or believer. He goes on to describe the evolution of the fan system and ways in which it remains powerful.
For the love of a daughter
artist Babu talks about life as a troupe dancer, mimicking
songs from Rajnikanth’s films. Yet, his own family is often
excluded from his performances because of their settings – on
makeshift stages erected often without police permission on the
clip introduces the phenomenon of fandom – the events
surrounding a film’s release, bathing large cutouts of
Rajnikanth with milk, massive street processions, rituals
borrowed from religious customs, and frenzied reactions to the
star on screen.
clip introduces the four protagonists of ‘For the Love of a
Man’ — Auto rickshaw driver and long-time fan organizer Ravi
Anna, mimicry artist Kamal Anand, Gangster-tuned peanut-seller
G. Mani, and small-town politician N. Ravi
With our leader in peril, how can we be at peace?
who manages a sweetmeat shop in Sholingur, a small town in
Tamil Nadu, talks about what he and his family went through
emotionally when his Dear Leader (Anbu Thalaivar), who he never
calls by name, was ill and admitted to a hospital in Singapore.
We’ll give our blood for him!
fan club boys discuss how social media serves as a means of
brotherhood, but also to mobilize resources like blood
donations in the name of Rajnikanth, who is not even human for
them anymore. He lives at a different level.