PLEASE GIVE UP SMOKING, SAYS RAJINIKANTH
The Superstar urged fans to kick the butt at his recent birthday celebrations
After almost 20 years, Rajinikanth chose to stay in the city on his birthday. And, he even agreed to take part in an event organized by his fans the next day to celebrate the big day. The Superstar, who spoke at the event, was surprisingly at his eloquent best and opened up on many aspects including his health issues and even politics.
"Twenty-two years ago, three of my fans who had come all the way from their town to take part in my birthday celebrations died after meeting with an accident on their return journey. This is the reason why I get out of the city on my birthdays," the actor revealed.
"A few years back, a political outfit protested against my film alleging that I promoted smoking. The manner in which they protested might have been wrong, but I felt the issue that they raised was a very valid one. Every leader enters politics only to do good for the people but it is the system that defeats them," he said.
The actor also blamed smoking to be the cause for his recent health scare. "When I was a bus conductor, I used to drink a lot due to peer pressure. And, when I entered films, the problem got worse and coupled with my long working hours led me to a depressive state. But after my marriage to Latha, I reduced my consumption of alcohol and changed my lifestyle by involving myself in yoga and spirituality. However, I continued to smoke too much which eventually became the root cause for my health problems. My lungs and kidneys got affected and I had to be treated in Singapore. The medicines I took to recover also made me weak and I changed my medicine system. Now, for the past two months, I've been hale and healthy and even doctors exclaim that it's a miracle."
"This is why I'm asking you to stop smoking. Please quit the habit immediately," the Superstar urged his fans.
CBSE STUDENTS TO NOW STUDY RAJINIKANTH'S LIFE STORY
Rajinikanth's life story has been included in a chapter for students of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the Learning to Communicate (Course Book 6). The chapter is titled 'From Bus Conductor to Superstar' and it comes under the category 'Dignity Of Work'. The lesson has reportedly been included to inculcate a sense of achievement amongst kids and to motivate them to follow their goals and passion in life with persistent hard work.