CNN called Rajinikanth a 'Bollywood' star and all hell broke loose

Published: July 27, 2016
South Indian's won't forgive you anytime soon, CNN.

South Indian's won't forgive you anytime soon, CNN. PHOTO: FILE

With the success of his latest film Kabali, Tamil actor Rajinikanth is making headlines around the world. Even CNN got the Rajinikanth fever, and decided to do a feature on him, but ended up making a blunder that Indians (especially South Indians) won’t forgive anytime soon.

When CNN took to Twitter to share the story titled “Rajinikanth: Meet the superstar you may not have heard about,” they made the mistake of referring to the star as a “Bollywood hero,” and that’s when all hell broke loose.

Employees in southern India given holiday to watch Rajinikanth’s Kabali

While Rajinikanth has starred in many Bollywood films, the Baasha actor reached superstar status for his work in the Tamil film industry, often referred to as Kollywood.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • wb
    Jul 27, 2016 - 1:35PM

    What did you expect CNN, this zero talented actor’s fans are either not well educated or educated idiots.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 27, 2016 - 1:51PM

    The south indian film industry is much bigger and richer technically than North.Recommend

  • Unknown
    Jul 27, 2016 - 2:10PM

    Indians are weirdo. He has also worked in Bollywood and thus he is a Bollywood star. I remember when Indians organized a protest as Sachin’s name was not in top 100 books of the world. Recommend

  • Observer
    Jul 27, 2016 - 2:27PM

    Instead of wasting time on these useless stories from other countries, better cover the issues of ordinary Pakistanis. Recommend

  • R Subramanian
    Jul 27, 2016 - 3:06PM

    Actually CNN has unestimated Rajini fans power. Rajini fans won’t even allow villain to talk bad about Rajini in the screen, villain is not allowed to beat Rajini in the screen, if he does then he can’t come out from his home. Rajini fans are that much crazy about him. He is the most loved actor in our Tamil film industry.Recommend

  • wb
    Jul 27, 2016 - 4:32PM

    @R Subramanian:

    There’s a difference between love and schizophrenic fanaticism. Both Raniji and his fans are idiots.Recommend

  • Guru Vivekanand
    Jul 27, 2016 - 5:40PM

    I have seen a few of his movies and can safely say that there are better, much better actors than Rajnikanth in India alone.

    @R. Subramanian, hope, you read what wb had to say. Get well soon.Recommend

  • Jack Caldor
    Jul 27, 2016 - 6:10PM

    North and South Indians don’t seem to get along all the time -:(
    Maybe they agree to disagreeRecommend

  • wb
    Jul 27, 2016 - 8:01PM

    @Jack Caldor:

    This is not North vs. South. I’m a South Indian myself and consider Rajini not worthy of a background extra. This is simply about Rajini idiots and others.Recommend

  • atif
    Jul 28, 2016 - 2:48AM

    But so many idiots. How do you explain it wb?Recommend

  • wb
    Jul 28, 2016 - 9:00AM


    What is there to explain? The whole of South Asia (excluding Bhutan and Srilanka) is full of idiots. It’s in our genes.

    Why do you think a total fool like Salman Khan’s stupid films make so much money? Why do you think Shah Rukh Khan gets away with terrible acting and remains No.1 star? Why do you think Pakistanis keep electing PPP or PMLN?Recommend

  • Jul 28, 2016 - 11:57AM

    Wow what a unity. Even indians do not like to be address indians. Recommend

  • wb
    Jul 28, 2016 - 2:00PM

    @khurram shahzad:

    This is what happens when your parents brainwash you fom the age of 3. They tend to confuse words and their meanings. India is a country. Bollywood is a cheap copied named for Hindi commercial film industry only.Recommend

  • Prada
    Aug 6, 2016 - 6:52PM

    Everyone of those comments are tongue-in-cheek.Recommend

  • Prada
    Aug 6, 2016 - 6:55PM

    @khurram shahzad:
    What does this have to do with “unity”?
    If I called you “Kamran” instead of “Khurran”, you would correct me, wouldn’t you? Or will “unity” stop you from doing it?Recommend

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