Amitabh Bachchan - Rajnikanth together at Cannes
Megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth will come together at the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival in May.
While Bachchan will be there for his first ever Hollywood film The Great Gatsby, South superstar Rajinikanth will be unveiling the trailer of his new film Kochadaiyaan at the renown film festival.
Murli Manohar, co-producer of the southern film, confirmed Rajinikanth's presence in Cannes at the same time as the Big B.
"It's a big moment in the history of Indian cinema. Rajiniji is as excited as a child about the way Kochadaiyaan has turned out. Technique-wise it takes Indian cinema to another level altogether. Rajiniji has shown the rough cut of the film to his close friends. The other day, A.R. Rahman saw the rough cut and was blown away," said Manohar.
Apparently, Rajinikanth, 62, has been advised against flying but is still keen to attend the film festival.
A source close to the project said: "He is adamant on going. He has become extremely frail. But whenever anyone mentions his delicate health to Rajiniji, he gives the example of Mr.Bachchan, who has braved the most serious illnesses and done exactly what he wanted and gone exactly where he wanted in his career."
The two stars have starred in various films including Geraftaar (1985) and Hum (1991), so it will be interesting to see them representing India at Cannes, albeit for different films.
Kochadaiyaan, which also stars Deepika Padukone will be finally completed July 15. The release date is to be decided by the end of May.
The Great Gatsby is directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke.
Trailer: The Great Gatsby