Rajnikant visit to Darjeeling

Kurseong:  A thundershower greeted Rajinikanth on his maiden visit to the Darjeeling hills on Wednesday.

The weather in Kurseong, which had been relatively clear till afternoon, changed just ahead of the Thalaiva’s arrival in the hill town with the upper reaches of Nayabazar in Giddepahar suddenly enveloped in mist.

“This is the first time (coming to shoot in Darjeeling). Always heard that it is a beautiful place,” said Rajinikanth, on landing at the Bagdogra airport around 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Thalaiva would not have been disappointed when he reached a resort at Nayabazar around 3.55pm.

Traveling from the sweltering heat of Siliguri, Rajinikanth was welcomed by the hills which were in their element.

The cool breeze that wafted across the hill slopes brought in mist and by the time Rajinikanth reached his resort at Nayabazar, in a woody area atop Kurseong, the entire area was enveloped in mist.

A sudden spell of rain lashed the town as Rajinikanth entered the resort, bringing much reprieve to the traveler from the plains. The temperature then was a pleasant 19 degrees Celsius.

Rajinikanth will spend the next 40 days in the Darjeeling hills to shoot for a film directed by Karthik Subbaraj.

“Shooting will commence at Ranger’s College in Kurseong from Thursday. The sets are ready. Shooting has been scheduled for 12 days in Kurseong,” said a source.

The actor will then proceed to Darjeeling for the second leg of the shooting. “In Darjeeling, the shooting will be at Mount Hermon School, St Paul’s School and other locations. Shooting is to take place for 36 days but four days have been kept aside,” the source added.

Rajinikanth seemed relaxed on his arrival in Bagdogra. Not for no reason. A Supreme Court vacation bench paved the way for the release of his film Kaala, on Thursday. The court on Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain its screening.

“The producer is saying that the film will be released,” the actor said.

Amit Mishra, a tourist from Mumbai, was happy to be able to click the superstar. “I am a huge Rajini fan… everyone is. It was a pleasant surprise to see him from such close quarters,” he said.

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