South superstar Rajinikanth, on Thursday, had been admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after he went there for a 'routine checkup'.
The actor, who was in New Delhi a few days back to receive the esteemed Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to cinema, had gone to the hospital for a routine checkup, where he later had to be admitted.
According to the hospital’s statement shared by ANI, “Rajinikanth was admitted following an episode of giddiness. He was thoroughly evaluated and was advised to undergo Carotid Artery revascularisation. Procedure was performed successfully today. He is likely to be discharged from the hospital after few days.”
During his visit to the national capital, Rajinikanth had also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.
Rajinikanth dedicated the award to his mentor, the late K Balachander, his technicians, fans and also to "friend, driver and transport colleague" Raj Bahadur who encouraged him to join cinema.
Receiving the award, the government's highest honour for Indian cinema, for the year 2019, Rajinikanth, popularly called 'Thalaiva' (leader in Tamil), thanked a host of people, including the Tamil people and the media.
"I'm extremely happy to receive this award. and my thanks to the government for this most prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award. I dedicate this award to my guru, my mentor K Balachander sir, I thank my brother Sathyanarayana Rao, he is a father figure in my life, for giving me great values...”
"My friend, driver and transport colleague Raj Bahadur. He spotted the acting talent in me and encouraged me to join cinema. All my producers and directors who have produced my films, technicians, artists, distributors, media, press and all my fans, and Tamil people..." the 70-year-old said in his acceptance speech.
Earlier, in December 2020, the star had been admitted to the Apollo hospital, Hyderabad, due to fluctuating blood pressure and exhaustion.
The 70-year-old star has featured in Bollywood as well as South Indian films and has a humongous fan following. The '2.0' star had made his debut in 1975 with K Balachander's 'Apoorva Ragangal' and has completed more than 45 years in the Tamil film industry.
He has delivered hit films such as 'Billu', 'Muthu', 'Baashha', 'Sivaji', and 'Enthiran'. Rajinikanth was last seen in AR Murugadoss's 'Darbar'. He will next be seen in his upcoming film 'Annaatthe', which is currently slated to release on November 4.
With inputs from Agencies