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When Richard met Rajni ...

Richard Gere

Richard Gere  

WHEN THE Crusader and the Gentleman all rolled in one came visiting, he obviously had to meet the glitterati in Chennai. And who glitters more than the Superstar in the Kollywood firmament? So Richard Gere met Rajnikanth.

Quietly, over lunch. Flying in from Mumbai, Gere drove down to Rajnikanth's residence in Poes Garden, to honour a pre-arranged appointment. The buzz that comes over the vine is that Gere's friend and Mumbai personality Parameshwar Godrej fixed the meeting, but who knows?

Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth  

Again, word has it that the two spent a couple of hours together over lunch, before the Hollywood star changed gear from celebrity to crusader at the YRG CARE unit in VHS, Adyar. Strictly speaking, however, Gere believes that being a celebrity and endorsing causes go hand in hand. Gere says he makes it a habit to meet the creative community wherever he is, in order to solicit their support for the cause, so dear to his heart.

If lunch was with the Superstar, then dinner was with several little stars. In a party thrown at Park Sheraton, Gere met our silver screen stars - Revathy, Vijay, Madhavan, Surya, Vivek, Bharathiraja, S.Ve. Sekar, Rajiv Menon and Krish Srikkanth, among others. Star Vijay handled the coordination with the artistes at dinner.

By Ramya Kannan

Photos: N. Sridharan and R. Ragu

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