Its been a long 38 years of wonderful journey. Where should we start?
The evaluation of a Marathi born, dark skinned, local bus conducting Shivaji Rao Gaekwad to the most successful matinee idol of Indian celluloid. He is the second-highest-paid actor in Asia. He is bald but bright. He is a middle-aged but his style is ever fresh. He is simple in real however stylish on reel. He taken the Indian cinema to the next league with his elegance. Stars may have fans. Few stars can have followers. Only Super stars will have ‘Devotees’. He owned gigantic such devotees across the world.
His force is nature, His style is a brand. In fact it’s not ‘a’ style – it is a fashion school and range in its own right. None could even get it even marginally close to what he does. His cigarette goes rolling in the air before it reaches the right spot on his lips. The man has never worn goggles simply the way we do. He has a distinct way of flipping it from elbow level and it rolls a few times before it sits perfectly on his eyes.
It’s just another day in your life when you watch any star film. But, the frenzy of holding his show tickets in hand is an experience. With the most familiar Background score, the rolling titles of Superstar in the roar of the crowd take us to the trance. He is the most successful actor down south however never taken the success to his head. The way he tie his arms in the lead of his guru Balachander like a obedient student shows his character.
In the arena where people (so called stars) who are scared of a grey hair, He is the man does not care coming to media with his real life wig-less persona. He does not sport with any brand accessories like AE/Adidas. Many recall his simplicity, wearing a polo tee with a paragon chapel while addressing media. He himself is a brand. Why he need one?
He never believes or wanted to be called a superstar, but he is one because people made him. Superstars are not born, they are made.
Let’s join us in celebrating 38 years non-stop entertainment that the man who revolutionized Indian Cinema.