Superstar Rajinikanth said veteran filmmaker Bharathiraja never accepted him as an actor.
Rajinikanth said Bharathiraja asked for his ‘time’ only on two occasions in his four-decade-long career. “First was the call sheet for 16 Vayadhinile . The second was to attend this function. I too was a film institute student. Although I learned more from my mentor the late K Balachander on sets, I know how studying in a film school could be helpful to hone your skills,” the Kabali actor said. Bharathiraja, 75, said he was happy that he played a “minuscule role” in Rajinikanth’s incredible career. “I saw Rajinikanth as a simple guy when he played the villain in 16 Vayadhinile. Now, he has reached unattainable heights in his career. I’m happy that I’ve played a small part in it. I would never say that I played an important role in his career growth. He’s a self-made man,” the veteran filmmaker said.