'Despite massive stardom, Rajinikanth connected to roots'
Mumbai: Feeling intimidated while working with Rajinikanth in Kaala was obvious for Huma Qureshi but the actor was surprised by the megastar's down-to-earth nature.
Huma will be seen working with the 67-year-old actor for the first time in Pa Ranjith's upcoming film, which features Rajinikanth as a powerful don living in the slums of Dharavi.
"What I found out about Rajini sir is that he is such a spiritual person, he is so simple. Sometimes, you think the person's image is what he is but he is far from it. He talks fondly about his past, his journey of becoming an actor from a bus conductor.
"It's nice to know that a person, who has seen massive stardom, is still humble and knows where he comes from," the actor said.
Huma said that despite being one of the most successful stars of India, Rajinikanth does not his stardom on the sets.
"I was very intimidated, even before we started working I was aware that he is such a massive star and I didn't know what to expect. But once we started shooting, I realised what a simple person he is despite being a huge star.
"The director's word is final for him and I learnt so much by just observing him. Not even for a moment did he carry his stardom on sets," she says.
For her, the journey of Kaala began post the release of her 2017 film Jolly LLB 2 when she got a call from actor Dhanush, Rajinikanth's son-in-law who produced the film. Kaala will release on June 7.