Rajini's admiration for Kamal

Superstar Rajinikanth and Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan share a beautiful friendship, which they have been nurturing for more than three decades.

It became visible once again on Thursday, at the audio launch of Kumki in Chennai. The Superstar, who was a surprise guest to the event, heaped laurels on the Ulaganayagan.

“It is an honour to know that the maker of ‘Lord of the Rings’ has asked Kamal to direct one film for him. Kamal has inspired many and will continue to do so,” said Rajini, amid thuderous applause from the audience.

“When I was recuperating, Kamal had come all the way to Singapore to meet me at the hospital. But the doctors didn’t allow him, or anyone else to visit me because I had very low immunity. I felt bad and called up Kamal to tell him that I would meet him personally once I return home. When I came back to India, I rang Kamal and after a few casual conversations, told him how much his visit meant to me.”