cover-up going on. Conspiracy theorists crawled out
of the woodwork talking about political parties with
vested interests and coming up with imagined plots
that would have done seasoned spy novelists proud.
Others went to town claiming that his death was being
hushed up because he was in dire straits financially.
Stories poured in that he was not dead but merely
at the death’s door and hanging on by a thread.
It was suggested that his drinking, smoking, and rapid
weight loss to look youthful for Rana were the causal
factors. Despite reassurances from his family and
friends, the wild rumors refused to die and like the
legendary Hydra monster, new heads spouting more fantastical
nonsense kept popping up every time one was chopped
off and quelled.
The Superstar’s fans have found their heads
spinning with all the hearsay that has been floating
around with the force of a tidal wave. Many tears
have been shed in an outpouring of grief that is indicative
of the special place he holds in the hearts of all.
Everybody wants to know exactly what has been going
on and Behindwoods.com is more than happy to oblige
with the truth and absolutely nothing but the unvarnished
On April 29th, Rajinikanth was rushed to St. Isabel’s
Hospital and diagnosed with a case of food poisoning.
Fans went insane with worry and were badgering everyone
remotely connected to the star for bulletins on his
health. At this juncture, Dhanush, his son-in-law
informed the masses that they had little cause for
worry, as it was just food poisoning aggravated by
slight dehydration. He assured everyone that the Superstar
will be back to normal in no time.
The mass hysteria was just starting to die down, when
fresh news arrived stating that Rajinikanth had been
hospitalized again on May 4th. The great man was running
a temperature and suffering from shortness of breath.
He was kept under observation in the Intensive Care
Unit and it was reported that he was suffering from
This time around, to quell the waves of hysterical
grief, Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwarya said
that her father was responding well to treatment and
would be fine. The great man was discharged in a week’s
time. Being an extremely devout man, he visited Annai
Kaligambal temple and Tiruvanmiyur Pamban temple to
thank God and offer prayers to ensure his complete
recovery. Rajini returned home to convalesce in the
comfort of home while continuing to follow treatment
procedures recommended by the doctors. Apparently,
he did not wish to be confined to the hospital as
he feels more at ease in his home and away from the
smells and sounds of a bustling hospital.
Rajinikanth’s crazed fan following who had themselves
been visiting temples and offering pujas and performing
rituals for their idol’s recovery had barely
begun to breathe again, when rumormongers struck again.
It was said that his health had taken a turn for the
worse, he had been admitted to the hospital where
doctors were at wits end and he was to be rushed to
the US for a last ditch attempt to save him.
Latha Rajinikanth refuted the rumors of his death
with a press report stating all was well and thanked
the fans for their love and prayers. She requested
them to disregard the rumors. His daughters Aishwarya
and Soundarya were seen later in the day at the Poes
Garden when they appeared to wish Jayalalitha on her
victory. Speaking to media persons they echoed what
their mother said and begged the fans not to listen
to crazed rumors.
Following a temporary lull, it was again reported
by many that Rajinikanth was dead and the cycle was
set in motion yet again with the mass hysteria reaching
a feverish pitch. The truth is that the Superstar
had checked into the Ramachandra Medical Centre on
May 14th for some tests and the doctors wished to
keep him for a few days as they found some health
issues and needed to treat him for a respiratory infection
and for gastro-intestinal problems. This was confirmed
by both the hospital and Rajinkanth’s brother,
Satyanarayana Rao Gaekwad. His brother added that
it was probably the result of Rajini’s excessive
smoking and sudden weight loss for Rana though he
was dismissive about rumors suggesting cirrhosis of
the liver, cancer, a protracted death, and the like.
Rajini’s brother wanted him to go to the US
as he felt that his brother would be unable to recover
in peace here as there would be a constant stream
of visitors and other pressing demands on him which
would impede his recovery especially since doctors
have advised complete bed rest, peace, and quiet.
But Rajini himself is against leaving the country
because he is as ever the consummate professional
and does not wish to throw the Rana schedule into
further disarray. KS Ravikumar, the director of Rana,
said that at this point everybody’s priority
was the health of Rajinikanth, and the shooting can
wait. Dhanush has also added his reassurances and
said Rajini is taking a much-needed break to recover
The great man caught the swearing-in ceremony of J.
Jayalalitha live on TV and had some distinguished
visitors like Narendra Modi, the Gujarat CM and Chandrababu
Naidu, the former CM of Andhra Pradesh, who have all
confirmed that he is alive and fast on the road to
recovery. Amma herself said that she has plans to
visit him soon and wished him a speedy return to perfect
Currently, the Superstar is recuperating at the Ramachandra
Hospital, with a team of doctors monitoring him carefully.
He will be discharged soon and following a period
of rest and relaxation that is imperative, he should
be able to resume work on Rana. Loved ones who surround
him at all times are nursing him back to health. In
the meantime, we, his fans, will continue to include
him in our prayers and will wait with bated breath
to see him back on the Silver Screen which he has
dominated and will continue to dominate for many a