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I shouldn’t be romancing actresses who are half my age, says Rajinikanth at Kaala Audio Launch

The superstar reflects on his failures and being paired with actresses who are as old as his daughters!

Rajinikanth being paired opposite younger actresses isn’t surprising, considering it’s been going on for decades. The actor and upcoming politician, however, addressed this and admitted that he will not do so anymore. Because he’s 65, he says.

“I am 65 years old. I shouldn’t be romancing heroines who are half my age,” he said in his big speech at Kaala‘s audio launch in Chennai on Wednesday.

“For 40 years, people have been saying that I am finished. But God’s and your blessings keep me going. No matter what negative criticism I get, I will keep doing what I can do, and will do age-appropriate roles,” he added.

His speech also touched upon the topic of failures and why big films like Kochadaiyyan and Lingaa failed.

“The proposed budget for Kochadaiyyan was too high so I decided to release the film as it is. That didn’t work well. I realised that I should work with intelligent people, but not with people who are too smart. Then Linga happened with KS Ravikumar, a story that I really liked since it dealt with water scarcity. I’ve always wanted to unite the south Indian rivers some way. But that, too, didn’t work as we had expected. Then I realized that be it on or off screen, one should be good but not too good.”

The grand audio launch at Chennai’s YMCA grounds had lead actress Huma Qureshi missing. The Bollywood actress is currently attending the Cannes Film Festival. New stills of the actress with Rajinikanth from Kaala are out, too, with her character being called Zarina, an old flame of Rajinikanth’s character.

Directed by Pa Ranjith, Kaala is said to be about a gangster in Mumbai’s Dharavi. The film has been jointly produced by Lyca Productions and Wunderbar Films, with the cast including Nana Patekar, Samuthirakkani, Huma Qureshi, Anjali Patil, and Eeswari Rao in pivotal roles. The film will release on June 7, 2018.

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