She has enjoyed being behind the scene but Latha, superstar Rajinikanth’s wife, says it was AR Rahman and her daughter Soundarya who convinced her to sing in the upcoming film Kochadaiiyaan
Latha Rajinikanth briefly worked as a playback singer in Kamal Haasan-starrer Tik Tik Tik song Netru Indha Neram, Kadavul Ullamae from Anbulla Rajinikanth and a tribute album on her husband titled Rajini 25.
She picked up the mic again after many years to sing Manappenin Sathiyam for her daughter’s debut film. With Deepika Padukone playing Rajinikanth’s love interest, the film is slated to hit the screens on May 9. ”AR Rahman and Soundarya discussed and said it would be nice if Amma sings as she wanted her mother to sing and the song suited me well. It was wonderful to go back and sing for Rahman. I have been singing regularly but not for films,” said Latha.
When asked whether she would step in front of the camera ever, Latha said, “I have enjoyed being behind the scene all the time so I don’t think there is a need for it. I have various other roles to play as a mother, grandmother and educationist. These things keep me busy.”
Rajinikanth, 63, has also lent his voice for the film but the husband and wife have voiced different tracks in the movie. Talking about her life with the superstar, who she married in 1981 after meeting him for an interview for her college magazine, Latha says the family is very conscious of the aura his name carries. ”He is a very normal person. He does not bring his fame home. But all of us are conscious of the fact that when he steps out there is a kind of aura that goes behind him. We are very thankful to God that he is blessed with it. We try to enjoy from wherever we are.”
Latha says Rajinikanth has cut down on his film work post Robot and takes only select films now. Kochadaiiyaan, said to be India’s first motion capture 3D computer-animated film, would serve as the prequel to Rajinikanth’s another project Rana, which got delayed when the superstar fell ill in 2011. ”The date for Rana is not decided as yet but this story is connected to Rana and in future we will have to see how the sequel comes up,” she said. Latha, however, is confident about the success of Kochadaiiyaan which she says is a bold step in Indian cinema.
“Soundarya was well prepared to take this challenge as she wanted to bring this photo realistic motion capture technology in the line of Avatar and Tintin to India. This will open up a huge industry here as there is now a scope of making films that are not possible in live action.”
Rajinikanth and Latha’s daughters – Aishwarya and Soundarya – chose filmmaking as a career and Latha feels they have found what they want to do in their life. Aishwarya, who is married to actor Dhanush, made her debut with 3 while Kochadaiiyaan is the first film for Soundarya. ”As directors each one has identified what they are good at. They have identified their skills and aptitude and then took to directing. We stand by whatever they do in life,” Latha said.