(HI)STORY OF 'FDFS/RAJINI-FANS'
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By Behindwoods Visitor Magesh
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Try to remember a few instances when you felt excited and elated, upon just getting a piece of paper. Was it your degree certificate, first job offer or a greeting card from your girl/boy friend? I am not talking about money, as it's about having a sense of control over life that tries to 'buy' the excitement, but not the excitement by itself. Just a piece of paper, called as the 'First Day, First Show (FDFS)' ticket of a Rajinikanth movie, is the only thing for which all Thalaivar-Fans long for all their lives. Word 'Fan' sounds too ordinary in Rajinikanth's context. Trying to find suitable alternatives.

It's the day when one can easily take advantage of a Rajini 'devotee' who is unable to get his FDFS ticket (which rarely happens though). If someone asks him, 'I can give you the FDFS ticket. Can you give your one month's salary?' The prompt reply from the other side would be, 'With pleasure'. Probably the seller might think, 'Fool! It's after all a 2.5 hrs movie ticket'. But the typical thought process of a Rajini 'disciple' would be, 'Poor guy! You could have asked for more. The Body-Mind system standing before you under the name of Rajini-Fan, has taken birth on this earth, just to celebrate this one day!'

During such FDFSs, one can witness a sense of deep bonding among Rajini 'Adherents' within a few exchanges of words and glances. Acquaintances that start at simple transactions- Be it the buying of tickets from a day-long Queue,

Chinmayi

Designing Thalaivar T-Shirts/Cut-outs, innovative ways of celebrating and honoring Thalaivar, Charity, etcetera. And they turn out to be friendships of life-time, of course, with no room for conflicts of interests. A close friend of mine lives in my native Vellore whom I got acquainted on FDFS of Padayappa. We are miles apart now but still with unshakeable intimacy. In fact, when I was doubtful about the possibility of a preview show in Singapore, I was all set to board the flight to Chennai. And guess what, he offered to share the expenses! For 'followers' of Rajini, Life is nothing but a series of Thalaivar mov(i)es. The interval between two mov(i)es is merely to celebrate the success of the previous mov(i)e and to collect news and stills of the next mov(i)e.

On one such occasion of a FDFS, few years ago, I happened to oversee a conversation. A guy was desperately asking for a FDFS ticket just a few hours before the show. Suddenly, another guy with a gang of his friends gave his extra ticket without charging more. One of his friends asked, 'Dei, Why did you give the ticket at the same price? We could have easily made a few bucks for our dinner'. Bang came a prompt and grandiose reply: 'From his looks and intensity, he definitely seems to be a Thalaivar fan. We know how much a FDFS should mean to him. How can we exploit such emotions of a fellow Rajini fan?!' Got goosebumps?! Welcome to Thalaivar's-Fan Club. Here, Excitement is the only language, Inspiration is the only product, Athiradi (Passionate Intensity) is the only 'style' and Living Rajinikanth is the only ideology. Proven ingredients by SuperStar for a cheerful and successful life. Remembering a quote by Nisargadatta, 'Love says that I am everything. Wisdom says I am nothing. Between the two, my life flows.' Here, love and wisdom feel that Rajinikanth is everything. Around that singularity, several lives center.

Got our Preview show tickets for Thalaivar's Endhiran, after 48 hours of roaming/queuing in Singapore. Thanks to fellow 'Aficionados' - Giri, Surya, Shajahan, PKarthik and Gowrish. I am gonna get our retinal and cochlear cells impinged with Thalaivar on Sep-30 SGT-8pm, much ahead of others. What about you pal!

Thanks & Regards,
Rajinimaggi (aka Magesh)
rajinimaggi@gmail.com

Tags : Endhiran, Rajinikanth

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