TE Narasimhan in Chennai
While every other role of Rajinikanth has been analysed and revered, TE Narasimhan takes a closer look at the role the superstar's wife and daughters have played in his life.
They say that when Rajinikanth married Latha, the sacred fire did the saat pheras around the couple. The fire certainly must have realised early on that it would do well to respect Mrs Rajinikanth along with her super husband.
While the film legend, now 63 years old, may be credited with impossible powers, you could smile at the equally extraordinary manner in which a chance meeting between a college girl and an acclaimed actor turned into a romantic story whose last page has yet to be turned.
Latha Rangachari was a student of English literature at Ethiraj College in Chennai when she was given the assignment to interview the reigning hero of the Tamil film industry for the college magazine.
A spark was ignited.
By the time 1981 came around, the two were in love enough to think of life as husband and wife. And in the spirit of machismo that he is so identified with, Rajini, by Latha's own admission, gave her no say in the matter.
"He did not propose to me," she told Sun TV in 2012, "he informed me that he was marrying me and left."