Birthday boy Rajinikanth says Jayalalithaa was a Kohinoor diamond

Superstar Rajinikanth who turns 66 today, has expressed his regrets on denouncement comments on J Jayalalithaa and her politics during the 1996 assembly poll caused her distress and defeat.

Birthday boy Rajinikanth says Jayalalithaa was a Kohinoor diamond

Superstar Rajinikanth who turns 66 today, has expressed his regrets on denouncement comments on J Jayalalithaa and her politics during the 1996 assembly poll caused her distress and defeat.

Rajnikanth remarked that he had hurt Jayalalithaa who died last week and she had lost the state election 20 years ago due to his famous comment, "If Jayalalithaa is voted back to power, even God cannot save Tamil Nadu."


"I had criticised her and hurt her. I was an important reason for her defeat," Rajinikanth said.

Speaking at a condolence meeting organised by the Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artists' Association), Rajinikanth described Ms Jayalalithaa as a "Kohinoor diamond".

"She is like a diamond. All the criticism and suffering polished her. Despite the pressure from a patriarchal society, she shone like one (diamond) and now she rests, like a Kohinoor diamond, besides Puratchi Thalaivar MGR's memorial," Rajinikanth said.

Even though Jayalalithaa and Rajinikanth never co-starred in films, Rajinikanth shared the memories of “Amma” including their professional and personal attachments and detachments.

Earlier Rajinikanth has requested his fans not to celebrate his birthday, due to the recent demise of Jayalalithaa and his friend and senior journalist Cho Ramaswamy.

But the social media are flooded with the greetings and wishes of fans and industry friends.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Rajinikanth a long and happy life on his Twitter page. “Happy birthday @superstarrajini! Wishing you a long life filled with good health,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar and Shahrukh Khan and cricket icon have wished him.