Actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday went down memory lane as he reached the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) bus stand in the city where he once worked as a bus conductor. Rajinikanth (72) surprised everyone by reaching Jayanagar bus stand and spent some time with BMTC drivers, conductors and other employees looking very happy. Shivaji Rao Gaekwad once worked as a bus conductor in this town, when the legendary Tamil director late K. Balachander’s eyes fell on him and named him Rajinikanth. He got a chance to make his debut in the film ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ in the year 1975, which was a hit. Kamal Haasan also acted in the film.
When Rajinikanth reached there, he was welcomed and surrounded by BMTC’s Traffic Transit Management Center (TTMC) staff. Rajinikanth talked to him for some time and also got his photographs clicked. The actor also visited the Raghavendra Swami Math here. Rajinikanth played the lead role in the film ‘Sri Raghavendra’, which was based on the life of the 16th-17th century saint-poet of the Madhva sect.
Sources said that Rajinikanth’s childhood was spent in Bengaluru and he lived in the city till the age of 22, after which he shifted to Chennai to pursue a film career. Before moving to Chennai, he worked as a conductor in the erstwhile Bangalore Transport Service (BTS), now known as BMTC. Rajinikanth has appeared on the big screen after two years with the film ‘Jailor’ directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. The film was released earlier this month and it is being told that it has earned well.