A grand success meet of 'Superstar' Rajinikanth's Jailer directed by Nelson Dilipkumar and featuring music composed by Anirudh Ravichander was held in Chennai on Saturday, September 16, which saw the stars and the technicians grace the occasion. The major highlight of the event was the actor's speech in which he went on to appreciate all the people associated with Jailer, while also recalling the journey of being a part of the film to its success. Rajinikanth said, "I watched the film first without the re-recording. I then asked Sembian sir and Kannan sir about their opinions on the film. Kannan was all praise. I told him, ' Nelson is your friend and you will obviously appreciate him.' I then asked Sembian and he said the film was average. But, the film before the re-recording was done, was average to me too. However, the manner in which Anirudh lifted the film was, 'My God'. He transformed Jailer almost like a bride-to-be after makeup. Superb." He further stated, "And, the technicians who worked in the film, especially cameraman Kartik. I didn't expect him to add such an effect to the film. After the completion of the shooting, he stayed in Bombay for more than 30 days, watched all the frames, and added a big effect to the film. And, when editor Nirmal took the film and filled it up completely, the effect was superb."
Explaining his joy at Jailer becoming a hit, Rajinikanth said, "I swear, when this film became a hit, I was happy only for five days. After those five days, I started getting tensed about my next film and how to make it an even bigger hit since there will be higher expectations now. Really I'm telling you, I'm under a lot of tension about my next film and I don't know what to do. I have to mention this too. Kalanithi sir was the first to watch the film with Nelson and Anirudh. When Anirudh asked if he felt it would come out like Petta, Kala sir it's the Baasha of 2023. Then, at the audio launch, he declared that the film was going to be a mega-hit and a record-maker." He continued, "It's no simple thing to say such a thing openly in public and that is why I'm saying he can become an astrologer. At the time when Baasha became a hit, I began doing only one film a year and decided to shift gears and do different films. And, that is when I did Muthu, and a period film after that and went ahead without any comparisons. But, my next film is also a modern subject, and the tension that I'm feeling now, it's the same for Nelson too. All this has fallen in place at the right place by God's grace."
Speaking about the cameos in Jailer, Rajinikanth said, "Shivarajkumar, Jackie Shroff, and Mohanlal came and acted in the film. Nelson is a good example of how to make use of an artiste for a cameo. Even if their roles were short, they acted wonderfully and I want to thank all of them. If you look at how the situation is now, the people are enjoying the minute details after the film came out on OTT. It's a celebration." He added, And, a special mention about Nelson's comic sense - hats off to him for that. Before the release, I mentioned Sholay and its villain Gabbar Singh, and how the character became a sensation when it was released in 1975. Similarly, I then told them that the Varman character played by Vinayakan in this film would become a sensation like Gabbar Singh. Raman has respect because of Ravana. Likewise, the respect for Jailer is because of this Varman. He gave such a wonderful performance. Suneel, Tamannaah, VTV Ganesh, and everyone did a wonderful job."
Watch Rajinikanth's full speech at the Jailer success meet in the video below: