Bangalore: Speculations about superstar Rajinikanth’s deteriorating health has received confirmation with the star’s elder brother saying that that actor’s much awaited film ‘Rana’ has been shelved for the moment.

A family source of the actor said “He was not expected to shoot for the film.”

Soundraya Rajinikanth, the star's daughter, who is also the producer of the film, said, "Our top concern is father's health. We are not even thinking of the film at this moment. We can reschedule plans once he recovers completely."

‘Rana’, in which Deepika Padukone plays the female lead, is a film with a historical theme and plans are in the pipeline to shoot in Tamil and Hindi simultaneously.

Director K S Ravikumar, is understood to be depressed by the developments and managed to remain unavailable for comment.

When it started

Rajinikanth was taken to Isabella Hospital in Chennai on April 29 which is the same day the film went on floor after he complained of exhaustion and vomiting.

He was discharged after being hospitalised for about 10 days but was again admitted to Ramachandra Medical Centre on May 14.

Satyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, the actor's elder brother, had maintained that he was admitted as a result of a strict diet regime in order to slim down, which caused minor complications.

In addition, rumours were rife that the super star was suffering from withdrawal symptoms, after he had given up alcohol, coupled with drastic weight loss and change in diet.

However, Gaikwad told MiD DAY on Monday that his brother was suffering from a lung infection and liver related problems.
"As you know Rajini was a chain smoker and had a drinking habit. The doctors have identified some problems in his lungs and liver," he said.

No cancer

He informed that doctors have advised total bed rest and it would be at least six months before Rajinikanth would be in a condition to commence shooting.

 "There were suggestions that he should be taken to the US and we are considering over it," he added.

But he refuted the rumours about cancer and liver sclerosis. "I don't think his condition is so serious. Instead of speculating about his health, let us pray for his speedy recovery," he concluded.

In a bulletin released on Monday, Ramachandra Medical Centre said that the superstar had been admitted for recurrent respiratory infection and gastro intestinal problems. Rajinikanth had been advised complete rest by the team of doctors attending to him.

"He is cheerful and is being treated in the private ward. His vital parameters are normal, but he has been advised to restrict contact with visitors to avoid infections," said Nallamuttu, public relations officer of the hospital.

Amma feels for the style king

While Rajinikanth congratulated Jayalalithaa for her stupendous victory in the Tamil Nadu state elections, the new CM twitted, "The swearing in ceremony was nice. I wish Rajinikanth's speedy recovery. I want to visit him in the hospital."

His daughter, Aishwarya said, "Dad is happy for Jayalalithaa and that's why he sent us to convey her best wishes.

She added, "He is fine. Don't believe rumours."

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who were in Chennai for Jayalalithaa's swearing in ceremony, visited the actor in hospital.