Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth has asked his fans to desist from celebrating his coming birthday on December 12 in view of the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Rajinikanth “requests his fans not to celebrate his birthday and avoid keeping banners and posters,” his publicist said in a tweet.
When contacted, the publicist said the decision not to celebrate the birthday was taken in view of the demise of Jayalalithaa.
The ‘Kabali’ star turns 66 on December 12 and usually his birthday is celebrated in a grand manner by his fans.
Last year also, he did not celebrate his birthday following the torrential rains in Chennai and neighbouring districts that led to a deluge.
68-year old Jayalalithaa, hospitalised on September 22, suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 and passed away the next day.
The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has announced a seven-day State Mourning from December 16.
Rajinikanth was one of the first celebrities to visit the Rajaji Hall to pay his tribute to the late chief minister. While standing near Jayalalithaa’s body, the superstar actor had broken down. He was accompanied by his daughter.
He had said, “Not just Tamil Nadu but India has lost a brave daughter. I pray to God to rest her soul in peace,” he tweeted.”