Superstar Rajinikanth dedicates his National Award to his Bus Driver friend Raj Bahadur

Rajinikanth has received The Dadasaheb Phalke award on 25th October.

National superstar Rajinikanth has recently won The Dadasaheb Phalke award on 25th October. While receiving the award, Rajinikanth mentioned his dear friend Raj Bahadur and thanked him for supporting. While reciting the thanksgiving speech, Rajinikanth said “My friend in Karnataka, bus transport driver, my colleague – Raj Bahadur. When I was the bus conductor, he identified the acting talent in me and encouraged me to join the cinemas.”

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Soon after Rajinikanth won the award, Raj Bahadur packed his bags to head to Chennai to meet his friend. Talking about his friendship with Rajinikanth Raj Bahadur told the media, “It was not necessary for him to take my name while he was receiving the prestigious award. It shows his integrity, humbleness and the fact that he did not forget his journey. He never forgets his friends as they were the one who encouraged him. Even if he meets his relatives, he makes it a point to meet his friends whenever he comes to Bengaluru.”

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Opening about Rajinikanth’s initial days He said, “Although he was a conductor like many others, he definitely had a spark. We used to watch him act in dramas organised by the employee’s association where he would always play the main role. He was really exceptional in acting. But he never dreamt of being an actor. Once, I told him that he has all the talent and ability to be an actor in movies. He was not interested in entering movies but I pushed him. Eventually, he was sent to Chennai for training in Madras Film Institute.”

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