An award-winning British comedy about a Japanese man who wants to emulate iconic Indian actor Rajinikanth is set for a Canadian premiere next week.
Written and directed by sibling filmmakers, Kuvera and Nelson Sivalingam the film follows Taiho (Jonathan Truong) who watched is first Rajini film at the age of 10.
Organizers promise a “complete entertainer” with a mix of comedy and drama and even “some romance thrown in for good measure.”
“Whether you are a Rajini superfan or this is your first Superstar screener, the film has a simple message that audiences can easily connect with: It is okay to dream those big, impossible dreams because with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, those dreams can and do become your reality,” says Kumaran Nadesan the publicist for the film.
The film follows Taiho as he struggles to keep his Rajini passion alive as he faces the reality of finding employment to support his mother. The Rajini Effect takes hold on the Japanese man as he stumbles on Indian short film competition searching for “Tomorrow’s Superstar.”
The Rajini Effect plays in Toronto at the Fox Theatre on Jan 13. For information and tickets, go to http://www.therajinieffect.com/#Canadian-premiere .
Rajinkanth referred to as Thalivar (hero) by his fans is considered among the most revered figures in Indian cinema. Last month his birthday was celebrated with large cut-outs and pujas all over India on the heels of his latest film Lingaa. He broke all records set by any North/South Indian film by appearing in over 3,000 cinema screens in India and over 1,000 worldwide, according to Eros.