On Wednesday, Santhosh asked this question not a child, but the face of the actor. "Who are you?" asked the 21-year-old Tuticorin native, to whom Rajini replied, "I am Rajinikanth!"
A video clip that captured this momentary exchange became viral in the social media and unleashed trolling that Rajini had never seen before.
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Within a few hours, created Twitter, and made a trend of hashtags # Naan-ThanPaRajinikanth (I am Rajinikanth) and #AntiTamilRajinikanth. Some twittered with wit, while others used memes that compared Santhosh's question with a scene from Rajini films. For example, a picture of a blood-stained Rajini who was parodied in 1
When superstar Rajinikanth was asked, "Who are you?"
Multiple users were not so friendly." Narikaalan, "said a tweet from User @aekumaran, a pun over the name of Rajini's character in his upcoming "Kaala".
Another user @NaranyaM has tweeted, "If you just add salt to your food, you could be so arrogant, imagine how arrogant we could be to produce this salt."
Political analysts had a vague idea of what they thought was a PR fiasco for Rajini. "This is a big setback (for Rajini)," said analyst "Tharasu" Shyam.
"Perhaps he intended to call the marginal elements associated with the protest antisocial, but given the current atmosphere, Rajini would say that Rajini calls the common people antisocial," Shyam said.
It was normal for Rajini to face resistance from Tuticorin because he had made no attempt to connect with humans in the face of violence, political commentator M Kasinathan said.
"There was no statement (by Rajini) about the protests for 100 days, or at least the Rajini Makkal Mandram members should have been in contact with the demonstrators, which shows that coordination between leadership and support is not taking place satisfactorily "Kasinathan said.
If Rajini had not deviated from his political strategy, the fiasco on Wednesday could have been avoided, Kasinathan added.