Probably, superstar Rajinikanth is the only Indian actor, who enjoys a substantial amount of fan following in Malaysia. Over the years, he has established a strong market in Malaysia and his films have largely pandered to the Malaysian audience.
Interestingly, reports are doing the rounds that Thalaivar is likely to replace Shah Rukh Khanas the brand ambassador of Malaysia Tourism. According to reports, the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, wanted Rajini to replace SRK, who has been endorsing since 2008.
Addressing the media regarding the same, Rajinikanth said, ” was not offered to become brand ambassador for Malaysia. These are all rumours.”
Rumours are also rife that the Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, who is visiting Chennai on a two-day trip, is likely to meet Rajinikanth.
It is worth mentioning that Rajinikanth’s gangster drama Kabali dealt with the oppression of Malaysian Tamils, which was also released in Malaysia to unanimous positive response from fans. Despite opening to mixed reviews from critics and fans, Kabali became one of the highest grossing Indian films last year.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth, who’s been making news over the last few days, is wrapping up the shoot of his much-anticipated sci-fi thriller 2.0.
Made on a lavish budget of Rs 400 crore, the film starring Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain will hit the screens on Diwali this year.