Superstar: The real deal!


No sooner had I written a post on “Superstars of the corporate world”, my favorite internet time-sink came out with a post on the Real Superstar- Rajinikanth. I am humbled by this. Rajini Saar knows everything, he does. He is making American ezine write about him. Very well Saar!

http://www.slate.com/id/2267820/

Saar has been introduced appropriately. Here is the actual quote.

This is Rajinikanth, and he is no mere actor—he is a force of nature. If a tiger had sex with a tornado and then their tiger-nado baby got married to an earthquake, their offspring would be Rajinikanth. Or, as his films are contractually obligated to credit him, “SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth!”

Vatch out Hollywood! Yindian movies are coming to a theater near you…and before you know it, your kultural monapaly will be demolished. Peepul all over the vorld vill be vatching yindian moviej. And singing yindian sawngs. Favorite greeting will be “Abey! Kuttey!”, and favorate gaali vill also be “Abey! Kuttey…main tera khoon pee jaounga”. Just vatch it! Eh!

More seriously, I think Indian movies are becoming slicker by the day, and with arguably better (!) storytelling than Hollywood. I have heard from friends that Indian movies are dubbed and sold in countries far beyond the reach of the expansive Indian diaspora. Obviously, if we can watch Hong Kong movies, they can watch Indian movies. The main problem used to be distribution reach into theaters. Once the Indian distributors figure that out, I am betting that Indian movies will do better than Hollywood in the long run. Indian movies are cheaper to make (the old Rupee-Dollar story), and can have themes more relevant to the developing world than standard American fare. As for the song and dance- well, audiences will have to get used to them! 😉 I’m looking forward to the time when Hollywood films start inserting in a gratuitous song/dance to show a couple romancing. World movie watchers…you are welcome!

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About Gaurav Rastogi
Gaurav Rastogi is a writer and a business-exec living in the San Francisco bay area. His other blog is a personal philosophy blog at http://rustus.blogspot.com

6 Responses to Superstar: The real deal!

  1. psriblog says:

    Thanks for the Slate link – it was hilarious, and accurate. And the comments under the article were to die for, especially the ones taking severe exception to any mention of the superstar’s paunch.

  2. Paunch, what paunch? Have you seen any photos of Rajini Saar with a paunch? He doesn’t have a paunch, he is carrying the world in his tummy to keep it safe from vill-ians!

  3. I am still ROFLing…check out this interview. The guy is indeed awesome! 😉 http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1479450480512

  4. Slate is your fave internet time-sink? Really?

  5. @Niru…heck yeah! I am addicted to Slate. Tried Salon as well, but Slate authors are somewhat better.

  6. amtgrg says:

    And oh, by the way

    http://www.gradyhendrix.com/international-scandal/

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