Rajinikanth and punchlines are synonymous. That superstar has a quintessential way of rendering his awakening one-liners with great panache is a long-known fact. His dialogues easily linger in our memory, thanks to the confident elan and absolute zeal with which Thalaivar utters them. Now, a provocative inter-religious punchline has been doing rounds in the internet as Rajinikanth’s dialogue in KS Ravikumar’s Lingaa.
“எனக்கு ஹிந்து வேணாம், முஸ்லிம் வேணாம், கிறிஸ்துவன் வேணாம், செட்டியார், நாடார், முதலியார் யாரும் வேணாம், இந்தியன் ஆ இருக்குறவங்க மட்டும் என் கூட வாங்க” which translates in English as “I don’t need a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Chettiyaar, Naadaar, Mudaliar. Those who call themselves an Indian alone come with me.”
This dialogue is certain to receive rip-roaring applause in theaters keeping in mind the provocativeness of the theme. The dialogue seems to appear in a scene when Rajinikanth calls for people to join him for constructing a dam for his village. Recently, Ajith uttered a similar caste-related dialogue in Siva’s Veeram and it garnered thunderous applause from fans as expected.