Reacting on Rajinikanth being conferred with Centenary Award for 2014 at the 45th International Film Festival of India in Goa, Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee lamented that it’s a “very late recognition” for Rajini. “Rajinikanth is such a big star, and the contribution that he has made to Indian cinema is also huge.
I think the award has come really late,” Manoj said mincing no words on the dais of IFFI setting tongues wagging. Although such reactions are common, usually they’re made off the dais and shared with media on different occasion but speaking on the dais of the same occasion, certainly Manoj embarrassed many.
Also, Manoj broke another myth that North-stars usually don’t encourage South-stars. With a statement saying that “it’s very late recognition” for Rajini, Manoj also won the hearts of Rajini’s fans.