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Tuesday , May 6 , 2014
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Now showing: Rajini on Twitter

- Within the first hour, icon had over 28,000 followers

Chennai, May 5: Rajinikanth joined Twitter today. But a fan of the doyen of one-liners paid his tribute thus: “Twitter joined Rajinikanth.”

The star debuted on the micro-blogging site with the handle @SuperStarRajini. He will also be accessible on SuperStarRajini on Twitter App.

“Salutations to the Lord. Vanakkam anaivarukkum (Greetings to all)!! A big thank you to all my fans. Excited on this digital journey,” Rajinikanth said in his first tweet.

Within the first hour, he had over 28,000 followers and the numbers are growing by the minute, underlining his popularity.

Fellow actors were quick to toast the event. “Twitter is happy and blessed today, thanks to our Thalaviar Superstar,” Premji Ameran posted.

Another actor, Nani, played on Rajinikanth’s penchant for one-liners: “I’ll believe that Thalaiva @superstarrajini is on Twitter only if he posts a tweet that is longer than 140 characters.”

Rajinikanth was eager to interact with his countless fans through what has become the most ubiquitous mode of communication, according to a release issued by Fluence, which will manage the superstar’s digital presence. The company also manages the Twitter accounts of Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan.

Though a little late in arriving to social media, Rajinikanth appeared to have timed the entry well: his next film, Kochadaiiyaan, releases this Friday.

“I have always believed that my career-graph is a miracle I owe (it to) my fans. I have been contemplating joining the social media platform for a while to connect with them, hear what they have to say and share my thoughts,” the release from Fluence quoted Rajinikanth as saying.

Then came an acknowledgement from the star himself about his iconic one-liners. “I decided to start with Twitter because I felt that the platform is abuzz with all the news and the trends that happen across the globe and I'm told that this is where all the best Rajini one liners are!”

Rajinikanth had so far been used to communicating with fans through short releases or comments during appearances at film events.

According to his daughter Aishwarya Dhanush, she and her sister Soundarya had been urging their father to join social media. “He said he would do so at the right time. Today, he has once again proved to be the master of timing,” Aishwarya gushed.

While younger Tamil stars have long been on Twitter, this is the first time a big name has come on board. Kamal Haasan, though Net-savvy, does not have an account yet. DMK leader M. Karunanidhi has one. Jayalalithaa prefers to stick to her lengthy releases.