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She played a starring role in his life 50 years ago, and he turned out to become a superstar. On Saturday, the man who draws millions of tributes -- the latest being an unabashed on-screen one by King Khan himself to Thalaiva -- every day paid a quiet tribute to this woman. It was a Teachers' Day unlike any other for 78-year-old B N Shanthamma when the 'poor' and 'intelligent boy' she had taught nearly half a century ago reached out to her. But the bigger surprise was when she learnt that the helping hand was extended by none other than the boy with the good handwriting, Shivajirao Gaikwad a.k.a. 'Superstar' Rajinikanth for the rest of the world.
Story first published: Monday, September 9, 2013, 10:08 [IST]