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Can Suniel Shetty Match Rajinikanth’s ‘Thalaiva’ Persona?

Team VC |Saturday, 19 Nov 2022 - 2:25 PM

Sunil Shetty Thalaiva Rajinikanth comparison
Sunil Shetty Thalaiva Rajinikanth comparison

The Bollywood actor responds to comparisons with ‘Thalaivar’ Rajinikanth ahead of his debut OTT release

Recently, Suniel Shetty made a statement about how working out isn’t the problem for the sudden demise of gym-goers while revealing the actual reason in such cases. Now, his OTT debut ‘Dharavi Bank’ has brought the actor into the limelight as he trends on social media for his ‘Thalaiva’ looks. The ‘Hera Pheri’ actor has responded after fans drew parallels between his character ‘Thalaivan’ from ‘Dharavi Bank’ and the Tamil 'Thalaiva’ Rajinikanth

At a press meet, Suniel expressed his delight in being compared with the gangster persona that Rajinikanth often portrays in the movies. “The minute I heard the script, I had mentally stepped into the shoes of Thalaiva. I just essayed the role of Thalaiva on-screen. In real life, people call me 'Anna,' which means elder brother. I'm happy with that and will be content if people continue addressing me the same (as ‘Anna’),” remarked Suniel. 

He added, “The title Thalaiva holds weightage and is filled with responsibilities. Thalaiva is someone who’s a messiah to a community of people. I'm a fan of Rajini sir and have worked with him on a film. I'm open to working with him and hope I'm lucky enough to get that chance in the near future. None can match Rajinikanth sir or be like him. He is and will remain as people's Thalaiva forever.”

Suniel is quite familiar in the Telugu States as the actor recently played ‘Vijender Sinha’, Varun Tej’s father in the 2022 sports drama Ghani. Sunil now dons the avatar of the deadly kingpin ‘Thalaivan’, a messiah of his clan, in the MX Player series - ‘Dharavi Bank’. The web series is available for streaming and co-stars Rakta Charitra actor Vivek Oberoi.

Updated date:  Saturday, 19 Nov 2022 - 2:25 PM

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