Some Avatars are Good Enough to Eat
The truth — even if bittersweet — is that a statue of Tamil cinema idol Rajinikanth rivals the wax one of PM Narendra Modi still being created for a slot in Madame Tussaud’s. There are millions who would readily vouch that the dark, powerfully irresistible unctuousness of chocolate cannot find a better human epitome than the thalaivar, the stuff of legends and then some. So, the bakery in Chennai that has created his likeness out of 600 kg of chocolate must be commended for conjuring up such a delicious incarnation of a phenomenon who, it must be said, has been seen in practically every avatar imaginable. Moreover, the star is in befitting company, considering the Pope, Putin, the Spanish royal family, Michael Jackson (in white chocolate, naturally) and David Beckham have been cast in chocolate too. Of course, the medium does not allow for permanence and such statues are often consumed or ablated by the weather. But that only reiterates the immutable nature of the personality himself.
Choco-Rajini becoming a selfie favourite is not surprising. But if indeed after the good response to similar statues of former President A P J Abdul Kalam and Mahatma Gandhi, a survey by the bakery revealed that 72% wanted the next one to be of Rajinikanth, the superstar may want a report on why — and how — that 28% differed.