A typical caricature of a Tamil will include a word about Rajnikanth. Rajni is a super hero, Tamil youth are supposed to be crazy about him, etc. Somehow I never felt that towards Rajni. He acted good in some movies (most of them in his initial days) and then became a caricature. But this post is not about his acting skills. I feel that his superstardom is as much a product of media hype as it is of actual heroworship. Pick any leading Tamil Magazine in the last ten years, a recurring article would be "Scoop about new rajni movie", "Aishwarya Rai to be Rajni's next heroine", "Who is going to direct the next rajni movie". And after the movie releases, "It beats all records", "Movie of the year/decade/century", blah blah blah.
I am one of those who hasn't seen Basha, Annamalai, Muthu, Baba, CM in a theater. In fact I have seen only bits of the first two movies when they were broadcast in TV. I never feel the so called nerve tingling experience when I see Rajni on screen, or I do not feel like claiming "typical Thalaivar movie. Paisa Vasool". In fact I thought CM was a mediocre movie. So am I out of touch with the pulse of Tamilnadu or are there more people like me.
I feel the fan club culture is dead and is kept alive only by the media hype. If the media stops covering events like Rajni's birthday, release day antics of fans and such stuff do you think the fan clubs will be so active?