Chamundi Hills in Mysore, which is filled with pilgrims from the crack of dawn, had a different crowd on Friday. For, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who is camping in the region to shoot for the film Linga, visited the temple.
Mr. Rajinikanth’s fans had been waiting at the temple from 4 a.m. to catch a glimpse of the superstar, who offered prayers to Sri Chamundeshwari and Lord Ganapathi.
Mr. Rajinikanth, clad in silk dhoti and shirt, reached the temple around 4 a.m., accompanied by Kannada film star and Minister for Housing M.H. Ambareesh and his wife, Sumalatha.
After they offered prayers, the ‘muhurat’ shot of the Tamil movie was filmed opposite the temple.
Mr. Ambareesh told presspersons that Mr. Rajinikanth was a popular actor and had fans all over the world and it was a matter of pride that Rockline Venkatesh of Karnataka was producing the film.
The film, being directed by K.S. Ravikumar, will be shot in parts of Mandya and Kerala, according to Mr. Venkatesh.
Deputy Director of the Palace Board T.S. Subramanyam refuted reports that permission was denied to shoot the film at the Mysore palace. “Nobody has approached us officially, though a director called us about 15 days ago and wanted to know the procedure for seeking permission for shooting at the Bangalore and Mysore palaces and at the Maharaja’s residential palace here. I told him that the Bangalore Palace was a private property while the Mysore palace administration was vested with the government. After this, nobody came forward to seek permission from us,” Mr. Subramanyam said.
He said any decision on granting permission for film shooting had to be taken by the Palace Board comprising the Chief Secretary to the State government and the Deputy Commissioner.