Government alone can't solve Gaja cyclone fallout: Rajinikanth at Petta audio launch
The actor's next film with Karthik Subbaraj had its audio launch today and the teaser for Petta is expected to be out on December 12
It has been days since the release of Shankar's 2.0, and Superstar Rajinikanth is already helping with the promotions of his next film, Petta, by Karthik Subbaraj. The film's audio launch was held at Sairam Engineering College on Sunday evening, with the film's ensemble cast consisting of Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Trisha, Simran, and Sasikumar all being present. Karthik Subbaraj, the director, recalled that after the success of Jigarthanda, Rajinikanth had called to wish him and asked him for the narration of a script. When he told him about Petta, Rajinikanth apparently said, "Only I can do this script." Karthik shared that he felt excited both as a director and as a fan of the actor.
Rajinikanth took to the stage next and praised Karthik for the way he extracted work out of not just the entire cast, but also out of him. He also said he valued all the wonderful conversations around 80s and 90s films that he had with Karthik. The actor also reserved special praise for Vijay Sethupathi, saying, "I had apprehensions if he would accept the character because of the negative shades, but once he accepted it, I was also slightly afraid because he is a mahanadigan. He is like a psychologist when it comes to getting into the skin of his characters."
Thanking his scores of fans for making 2.0 a 'worldwide hit', the actor credited director Shankar and producer Subaskaran of Lyca Productions for the success. He also said that Kalanithi Maran deserves special praise for beginning all this, when he decided to produce Enthiran. "I still remember how he gave an extra crore each to Rahman and Shankar after the success of Enthiran."
But it isn't a Rajini speech these days if there are no politically-charged comments, and the actor took the issue of Gaja cyclone and the delta area that has been severely hit, to make a point or two. "Many people have got affected because of Gaja, but it isn't correct to expect the government to solve it completely because they can't do everything. I ask each of us, whomsoever can and is willing, to contribute out of their pocket and help the affected."