The first time we saw Thalaivar in his early films | Rajnikanth
Rajinikanth made his entry with a dramatic scene in Aboorva Raagangal. But this was still not the mass, hero-entry shot we know from today’s masala cinema. So when did Thalaivar first get that kind of shot? (Clue: The year is 1980)
Baradwaj Rangan is a National Award-winning film critic. He has authored Conversations with Mani Ratnam and Dispatches From the Wall Corner. His long-form story on Vikram was featured in The Caravan Book of Profiles, as one of their “twelve definitive profiles.” His short story, The Call, was published in The Indian Quarterly. He has written screenplays and works for theatre. He teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.