Rajinikanth arrives in hills
A brief spell of thunder and lightning greeted Rajinikanth on his maiden visit to the Darjeeling hills on Wednesday.
The weather in Kurseong, which was relatively clear till afternoon, changed to synchronise with the Thaliava’s arrival in the hill town with the upper reaches of Nayabazar in Giddepahar suddenly enveloped in mist and was hit by a rain.
The superstar reached a resort at Nayabazar around 3.55pm.
“This is the first time (coming to shoot in Darjeeling). Always heard that it is a beautiful place,” said Rajinikanth, on landing at the Bagdogra airport around 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Thalaiva would not have been disappointed.
Travelling from the sweltering heat of Siliguri, Rajinikanth was welcomed by the hills which were in their element.
The cool breeze that wafted across the hill slopes brought in mist and by the time Rajinikanth reached his resort at Nayabazar, atop Kurseong, which is located in a woody area, the entire area was enveloped in mist.
A sudden and strong rain lashed the town as Rajinikanth entered the resort bringing much reprieve to the traveller from the plains. The temperature then was at a pleasant 19 degrees Celsius.
Amit Mishra, a tourist from Mumbai, looked surprised at the airport. “I am a huge Rajini fan….everyone is a Rajini fan and it was such a surprise seeing him from such close quarters. I could snap him on my mobilephone and even though the picture is a bit hazy, I will cherish it for the rest of my life.”
Rajinikanth will be spending the next 40 days in Darjeeling hills to shoot for a film directed by Karthik Subbaraj.
“Shooting will commence at Ranger’s College in Kurseong from Thursday. The sets are ready. Shooting has been scheduled for 12 days in Kurseong,” said a source.
The actor will then proceed to Darjeeling to complete the rest of the shooting. “In Darjeeling, the shooting will take place at Mount Hermon School, St Paul’s School and other locations. Shooting is to take place for 36 days but 4 days have been kept aside,” the source added.
Rajinikanth yesteroday looked into a relaxed mood, ready to take questions at the Bagdogra, had it not been for his security personnel who came as spoiler.
The actor has much to be relaxed. A Supreme Court Vacation Bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Ashok Bhushan paved the way for the release of his film Kaala, on Thursday. The Court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain its screening.
“The producer is saying that the film will be released,” he said when asked about Kaala. (Courtesy: TT)