India Today - - COVER STORY - — Compiled by D.I. Aravin­dan

Ra­jinikanth has adopted an inim­itable style to en­liven the hum­drum ways of the man-on-the-street ex­is­tence. Key fea­tures from the Ra­jini style file... Rais­ing the right in­dex fin­ger to em­pha­sise a point af­ter mov­ing the hand briskly De­liv­er­ing catchy lines for the dis­tinct re­call of his role in one film from an­other, with smart one-lin­ers such as ‘Naan oru tha­davai sonna, nooru tha­davai sonna maadiri (If I say it once, it’s like I have said it a 100 times)’ in Baasha, ‘En vazhi thani

vazhi (My path is a dis­tinct one)’ in Pa­dayappa and ‘Latea van­thalum lat­est varu­ven (Even if I am late, I will be the lat­est)’ in Baba His sig­na­ture stride and fast-paced walk Ro­tates sun­glasses on his fin­gers at light­ning speed be­fore wear­ing them Flip­ping a lit cig­a­rette from be­tween his fin­gers to lodge be­tween his lips with ef­fort­less ease In­tro­duc­ing unique man­ner­isms and ges­tures that set him apart from other ac­tors, such as the salute in Pa­dayappa or ‘play­ing tabla’ on his bald pate in Si­vaji

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