Hot Stills: HC puts stay order on ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth'

Superstar actor and Tamil film icon Rajinikanth has got a stay order from the Madras High Court on the release and publicity of the film ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’. The actor made it clear that he did not endorse the use of his name and it might mislead the fans and hurt his image.

The actor had filed a petition in court that said,  "Rajinikanth's acting, style and distinct personality have contributed to his mass popularity, which he has attained over the years through his larger-than-life appearances, signature dialogue delivery and age-defying stunts in his films." The matter came up before Justice S. Tamilvanan who on last Wednesday put an interim injunction on the film’s producer to stop the release of the film till 25th September.

The judge said, "The person in the caricature is in the same style of popular actor Rajinikanth, and the wordings available therein, would show that the person is a CBI officer, stupid, part-time social worker, part-time contract killer etc. and describing the person as a womanizer."  Rajinikanth ( real name Shivaji Rao Gaikwad ) is known to be very protective about his image and reputation and tries his best to stay away from controversy.

Rajinikanth was worried that the film had scenes of immoral nature and expressed that in the petition. It said, “In having his name/image/caricature being associated with such feature film of immoral and promiscuous nature, he would be subject to defamation, slander and gross damage to vast reputation/goodwill amongst the public across the world and the Indian film industry, which has been built over the hard work of several years."  

The film ‘Main Hoon Rajinikanth’ is being made under the banner of Mumbai based Varsha Production House and is directed by Faisal Saif. The lead character of the film is a CBI officer turned hired killer Rajinikanth Rao and it is played by actor Adithya Menon who is known for his southern film like ‘Eega’ and ‘Villua’. The actor has strongly denied that the film is derogatory to superstar Rajini. He said to the media, “Our film is a tribute to the 'thalaivar' (Rajinikanth). It's a comedy satire that will leave audiences in splits. Nobody would dare to show Rajini sir in bad light through a film. How could we possibly do it." He went on to add. Besides the name, there's nothing in our film that defames Rajini sir. I'm sure when people watch the film, they'll realize it's a clean comedy entertainer.”