Roshans to screen Kaabil for Rajinikanth

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One of the first screenings of the forthcoming Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil would be held for the mighty Rajinikanth who showered praise on Hrithik in the film’s trailer.

Kaabil producer Rakesh Roshan can’t stop smiling at the compliments from the Thalaivaa. Says Rakesh, “I am elated by Rajini’s praise. If you remember Hrithik’s first film Bhagawan Dada was with Rajini. Hrithik was only 12 when he faced the camera with the Legend.”

In Bhagwan Dada which was released in 1986 and which was directed by Hrithik’s maternal grandfather the prolific filmmaker J Om Prakash, Hrithik played the 12-year old protagonist Govinda who reforms the criminal Bhagwan (Rajinikanth). Hrithik’s self-confidence before the camera even at that young age had taken Rajinikanth by surprise and he had predicted superstardom for Hrithik.

Says Rakesh fondly, “That an iconic superstar like Rajini has complimented Hrithik makes me a very proud father. We’ve been friends for years, although we do not get the time to speak regularly. But real friends don’t have to meet or talk every day. Rajini and I respect one another immensely and this will never change. The last time Rajini spoke to me was during the time of release of Krissh when he had complimented both me and Hrithik for the film.”

The proud producer and father says a special screening of Kaabil for Rajinikanth is definitely on the cards. “We are going to show Kaabil to Rajini very soon.”

The film’s Tamil and Telugu versions are all set for release simultaneously with the Hindi version on January 25.

-By Subhash K. Jha