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Actor Rajinikanth outside a polling station to cast his vote for the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, in Chennai.

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Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik gives finishing touches to a sand sculpture congratulating superstar Rajinikanth on being awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019, in Puri.

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In this file photo, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth greets his fan on the occasion of 'Diwali' at his residence, in Chennai. Rajinikanth will receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019, India's highest film honour, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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Fans of superstar Rajinikanth stage a demonstration demanding from him to join politics as earlier as promised, at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai. The actor, who finally appeared ready to launch his political party with a "now or never" announcement about a month ago, has now decided to opt for the latter course, citing health concerns.

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Fans of actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth celebrate after he announced the launch of his political party in January 2021, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth gestures during a press conference to announce the launch of his political party in January 2021, in Chennai.

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Tamil movie superstar Rajinikanth, center, gestures as he addresses a press conference outside his residence in Chennai. Rajinikanth said he plans to launch his own political party in southern India in January, ending years of speculation by millions of his fans on his political future.

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Fans of actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth gather outside the venue of his meeting with the senior functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to decide on political plunge, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth meets senior functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to decide on his political plunge, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth gestures at his fans after meeting with the senior functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to decide on political plunge, in Chennai.

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In this file photo, Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan being felicitated at the inauguration of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa. Amitabh Bachchan celebrates 78th birthday on Sunday.

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In this file photo, Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput can be seen with cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Super Star Rajinikanth at a promotional event on his movie 'MS Dhoni' in Chennai.

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Superstar Rajnikanth addresses a press conference in Chennai. This was his first official press conference since December 31, 2017, when he announced to take the political plunge.

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Superstar Rajinikanth with Bear Grylls. Discovery has signed the actor for the first episode of the new format series ‘Into The Wild with Bear Grylls’. Rajinikanth is the second Indian, after prime minister Narendra Modi to feature in Bear Grylls' iconic show, Man vs Wild.

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Chennai: Superstar Rajnikanth addresses media outside his residence in Chennai.

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Actor Rajinikanth's fans celebrate the release of his film 'Darbar' by distruting sugarcanes, in Chennai.

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Fans of actor Rajinikanth celebrate the release of his film Darbar in Mumbai.

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Fans of actor Rajinikanth celebrate the release of his film Darbar in Mumbai.

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Fans of actor Rajinikanth celebrate the release of his film Darbar in Mumbai.

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Pranav M.B., 21-year-old differently-abled artist from Kerala, meets Tamil superstar Rajinikanth at his residence in Chennai.

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Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan being felicitated at the inauguration of the 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2019), in Panaji, Goa.

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar present a cheque to Superstar Rajinikanth at the opening of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Panaji, Goa.

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan with superstar Rajinikanth unveiles a bust of late film director K Balachander at his production house, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan and superstar Rajinikanth press a button to unveil a bust of late film director K Balachander at his production house, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth greets his fan on the occasion of 'Diwali' at his residence, in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth interacts with victims of Cyclone Gaja while lending support to them, at his residence in Chennai.

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth after offering prayers at Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand.

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Actor Rajinikanth visits his brother Sathyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, who underwent a bilateral knee replacement surgery, at a hospital in Bengaluru.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth after casting vote for the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station in Chennai.

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Actor Rajnikant with daughter Soundarya and her husband arrives for the wedding ceremony of Akash Ambani at Jio World Centre in Mumbai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth addresses the media after meeting DMDK chief Vijayakanth at his residence in Chennai.

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The greatest political question in Tamil Nadu, amidst a backdrop of uns­ettling rumbles, might be Rajini­kanth’s final affiliation. At his daugh­­ter Sou­n­darya’s wedding to actor-businessman Vishaghan, every Dravidian stripe was represented—from Stalin to CM Palaniswami. Right, you don’t take chances with Thalaivar!

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Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) Chief Vaiko presents a gift to superstar Rajinikanth's younger daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth and actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi during their wedding ceremony, in Chennai.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami attends the wedding ceremony of actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth's younger daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth with actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi, in Chennai.

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Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Chief Kamal Haasan and actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth during the wedding ceremony of the latter's younger daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth with actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi, in Chennai.

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Fans of Tamil movie star Rajinikanth wait outside a theatre for the release of his new film "Petta" in Chennai.

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Fans of Tamil movie star Rajinikanth celebrate the release of his new film "Petta" in Chennai.

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Anbarasu, 35, right, and Kamachi, 28, fans of film star Rajinikanth garland one another after being married in the premise of Woodlands Theatre where Rajinikanth's new film "Petta" is being released in Chennai.

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Superstar Rajinikanth and his wife Latha Rajinikanth arrive to attend the wedding of Isha Ambani, the daughter of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and Anand Piramal in Mumbai.

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Fans of Tamil actor and politician Rajinikanth cut a mass cake on his birthday, in Chennai.

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Fans sprinkle milk on a cutout of their superstar Rajinikanth to celebrate the screening 2.0 outside a cinema hall in Mumbai.

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A fan of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth takes selfie with his family next to a poster before the screening of 2.0 outside a cinema hall in Mumbai.

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, actors Rajnikanth, Ravichandran, Prakash Raj and others during the prayer meeting for veteran Kannada actor and politician Ambarish, who passed away in Bengaluru yesterday, at the age of 66, in Bengaluru.

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Actor Rajnikanth offers condolences to wife Sumalatha Ambarish and son Abhishek of veteran Kannada actor and politician Ambarish, who passed away in Bengaluru yesterday, at the age of 66, in Bengaluru.

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Not that ‘Supershtar’ needs advance publicity for his films like other mortals, but a boxer’s pose with the inimitable Mary Kom in Chennai can only bring Rajnikanth luck. In case you have forgotten, 2.0 is out later this month. Mind it!

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth waves as he greets his fan on the eve of 'Diwali' at his residence, in Chennai.

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India’s five-time Boxing champion Mary Kom called on superstar Rajinikanth at his Poes Garden residence in Chennai. Mary Kom was in Chennai to attend an event organised by Latha Rajinikanth as the chief guest.

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Veteran actor Rajinikanth leaves after a meeting with members of "Rajini Makkal Mandram", at Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai. Rajinikanth recently said that “90% of the work relating to the Rajini Makkal Mandram was over, and that he would launch his political party soon.

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DMK Working president MK Stalin with actor Rajnikanth at an event to pay homage to late DMK chief M Karunanidhi, Organised by South Indian Artists Associations in Chennai.

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Actor Rajnikanth and his family pay their last respects to DMK chief M Karunanidhi at Rajaji Hall, in Chennai.

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Actor Rajinikanth addresses the media after visiting the ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital, in Chennai.

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Actor Rajinikanth meets Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Working President MK Stalin to inquire about his father and DMK Chief M Karunanidhi's health, at a hospital in Chennai. Karunanidhi is stable and continues to be treated at the ICU of the hospital for the 4th consecutive day.

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Actor Rajinikanth with M. K. Alagiri after visiting the ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital, in Chennai.

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Superstar Rajinikanth meeting with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi at Karunanidhi's residence in Chennai.

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth meets young boy Mohammed Yaseen who was rewarded for his honesty at formers residence, in Chennai. Yaseen had recently handed over cash of Rs 50,000 to the police which was found on a roadside.

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Actor Rajinikanth, along with fellow actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan at a protest in support of ongoing agitations in Tamil Nadu for the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CBM) and demanding closure of Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin, in Chennai

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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth waves at supporters as he comes out of a government hospital after visiting those who got injured Tuticorin police firing, in Tuticorin.

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Veteran actor Rajinikanth addresses the media outside his Poes Garden residence after a meeting with the women’s wing functionaries of Rajini Makkal Mandram (Rajini people’s forum) in Chennai.

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Actor Rajinikanth, along with fellow actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan at a protest in support of ongoing agitations in Tamil Nadu for the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CBM) and demanding closure of Sterlite copper plant in Tuticorin, in Chennai.

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Rajnikanth’s next

Throwing in one’s hat on to the political roulette table is all very well, till the enormity of the decision sinks in like a tonne. It sent Rajnikanth on a two-week spiritual trip to the Himalayas, to an ashram in Rishikesh, for a quietening spell of meditation. No tricks there, Thalaivar!

Veteran actor Rajnikant during a visit in Jammu.

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Superstar Rajinikanth, who has announced his intent to contest the assembly polls, greets his fans after unveiling a statue of former chief minister and his super-senior in the film industry, MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.

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Superstar Rajinikanth, who has announced his intent to contest the assembly polls, interacts with the media after unveiling a statue of former chief minister and his super-senior in the film industry, MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.

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Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth receiving a memento Dr MGR Education and Research Institute, President, ACS Arun Kumar after unveiling a statue of former chief minister and his super-senior in the film industry, MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.

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Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth addressing the students after unveiling a statue of former chief minister and his super-senior in the film industry, MG Ramachandran at the Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.

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Tamil actor Rajinikanth gestures at an event where he unveiled a statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran at Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.

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Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan at the launch of Kizhakku Africavil Raju, Starring late MGR (M G Ramachandran) through motion capture technology animated film directed by Arul Moorthy, on the occasion of AIADMK Founder M G Ramachandran's 101st birth anniversary in Chennai.

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Indian movie superstars Kamal Haasan, front seat, and Rajinikanth, back seat, waves to the fans as they arrive at an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Superstar Rajinikanth meeting with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi at Karunanidhi's residence in Chennai.

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Tamil actor Rajinikanth gestures at his fans after announcing his political debut on the final day of his six-day-long meet with fans, in Chennai.

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Tamil actor Rajinikanth gestures at supporters after announcing his entry into the politics, on the final day of a six-day-long photo session with fans, in Chennai.

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Tamil actor Rajinikanth announcing his political debut, on the final day of a six-day-long photo session with fans, in Chennai. The announcement ended years of speculation about his joining of politics.

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Tamil actor Rajinikanth addresses his fans on the fourth day of a six-day-long photo session in Chennai.

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Tamil actor Rajinikanth addresses his fans on the fourth day of a six-day-long photo session in Chennai. Rajinikanth is expected to announce his decision to join politics on December 31.

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on the second day of a six-day-long photo session in Chennai.

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth meets a fan on the first day of a six-day-long photo session in Chennai.

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on the first day of a six-day-long photo session in Chennai. Rajinikanth is expected to announce his decision to join politics on December 31.

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Actor Rajinikanth seeks blessings of head priest of the Sri Raghavendra Temple at Mantralayam in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh during his vist. The actor is a devotee of Sri Raghavendra, a 17th century saint. The actor had portrayed the saint in film "Sri Raghavendra" based on the life history of the saint.

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Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam shaking hands with superstar Rajinikanth as Kamal Haasan and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar look on at the inauguration of Tamil Nadu’s enduring icon, Sivaji Ganesan’s memorial on his birth anniversary in Chennai.

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Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan at the inauguration of Tamil Nadu’s enduring icon Sivaji Ganesan’s memorial on his birth anniversary in Chennai.

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Superstar Rajinikanth addressing at the inauguration of Tamil Nadu’s enduring icon Sivaji Ganesan’s memorial on his birth anniversary in Chennai.

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DMK Working President M K Stalin along with actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan presenting memento to Superstar Rajnikanth at the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the party's mouthpiece 'Murasoli', in Chennai.

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Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha National President Poonam Mahajan with superstar Rajinikanth at his residence in Chennai.

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Nana and Rajini, brothers all-smiles, both senior actors, both as fit now as in their angry, histrionic heyday, are facing off in Kaala Karikaalan. A return to old the­mes then in this gangster drama, where Nana plays a ruthless politician.

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Actor Rajinikanth during shooting of his next film, Kaala Karikalan in Mumbai.

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On the question of joining politics, Thalaiva Rajnikanth is sometimes as silent as the sphinx, while often speaking in oracle-like riddles. His rec­ent speech at a fan club actually shows that the time is his to pick.

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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth meeting fans in Chennai.

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Tamil actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan with director Bharati Raja during the launch of his Briic - Bharathi Raaja International Institute of Cinema, in Chennai.

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Razak with Tamil Mega Star Rajinikanth at his residence, in Chennai. Latha Rajinikanth and daughter Aishwarya R Dhanush are also seen.

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Veteran music director Gangai Amaran who has been fielded by BJP as its candidate for the forthcoming bypoll to the R K Nagar constitutency meets Tamil superstar Rajinikanth to seek his support at his residence, in Chennai.

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The redoubtable T. Subbarami Reddy, politician and industrialist, pulled off the unthinkable at his grandson Keshav (and Veena’s) wedding. Two megastars at once! Both Kabali and Quizmaster look in the pink of health.

Chennai easily outdoes the country in idolatry. Superstar Rajni reigns supreme, but among those down the line is CSK skipper M.S. Dhoni. So when MSD arr­ived in Chennai to promote his biopic M.S. Dhoni—The Untold Story, a meeting with Thalaiva was a given.

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Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni being greeted Super Star Rajinikanth at a promotional event on his biopic movie “M S Dhoni”, in Chennai.

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A ground staff member walks past the Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia plane dedicated to Rajinikanth after it landed in Bengaluru.

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