The crew of Vijay Sethupathi’s Dharma Durai, one of the success stories of 2016, met superstar Rajinikanth and presented to him a memento commemorating the film’s super-success at the box-office.
Dharma Durai was the title of a 1991 Rajini-Gautami starrer which turned out to be a super-hit venture thanks to Rajini’s performance and memorable music by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja. 25 years later, when Seenu Ramasamy (director of the national award-winning film Tenmerku Paruvakaatru) attempted to make a film with the same title, Rajini immediately gave his consent, thus assuring the film’s success even before it went to floors.
Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Tamannaah, Aishwarya Rajesh, Srushti Dange, Rajesh and Radhika in prominent roles and with music by ‘Junior Maestro’ Yuvan Shankar Raja, Dharma Durai was lauded by critics and did well at the box-office and completed its 100-day run recently. The crew, comprising Vijay Sethupathi, Seenu Ramasamy and producer R.K. Suresh, met Rajini over the weekend and presented a Memento to him.
Rajini congratulated the crew for the film’s success during his 80-minute long meeting. He lauded Vijay Sethupathi’s performance and appreciated Seenu for taking up socially relevant issues in a forceful manner. He also lauded Suresh’s performance as an antagonist in Bala’s Thara Thappattai and Vishal’s Marudhu and told him to keep in mind that an antagonist’s role offered an actor plenty of scope to perform.
Seenu Ramasamy was over the moon after his meeting with Rajini. “I entered the film industry only after inspired deeply by Rajini Sir’s character of ‘Kaali’ in his super-hit film Mullum Malarum. As such, it’s a God-sent opportunity to meet and spend some time talking to Rajini; we are only happy to have presented a memento to the original Dharma Durai of Tamil films,” he concluded.