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FINALLY! 'Thalaivar' Rajinikanth makes his Twitter debut

He's truly 'Thalaivar'! Cinematic icon Rajinikanth, who made his debut on Twitter Monday, attracted almost 150,000 'followers' on his first day of joining the social networking platform. He will engage with his fans via his handle @SuperStarRajini

Chennai: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, known to be reticent, has joined the growing list of Indian celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and made his much awaited debut on Twitter today.

The 63-year-old actor's official handle is '@SuperStarRajini' and received over 8,000 followers within minutes of him joining the micro-blogging site.

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"Salutation to the Lord. Vanakkam anaivarukkum! A big thank you to all my fans. Excited on this digital journey," the superstar said in his first tweet.

Rajinikanth's presence on Twitter coincides with the release of his upcoming film 'Kochadaiiyaan' directed by his daughter Soundarya, which hits theatres this Friday. While the handle has a small profile picture of the popular actor, the shadowed background has a collage of his various cinema and real-time stills.

The Padma Bhushan awardee also posted a link of a video along with his tweet in which he said that he is looking forward to interacting with his fans on the platform. "I have always believed that my career graph is a miracle I owe 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. Unfortunately I never got around to it until now.

"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 am told that this is where all the best Rajini one liners are," he added.

"This is truly an only-on-Twitter moment as superstar Rajinikanth's debut on Twitter also marks his debut in the digital space more generally. We welcome Rajinikanth to Twitter, are happy to support his launch on the platform and look forward to watching him engage in live, public conversations with fans and other icons around the world," said Rishi Jaitly, Twitter's India Market Director.

To make Rajinikanth's debut on Twitter more exciting, fans from all over the world, who follow him on @SuperStarRajini in the first week, will receive a 'WelcomeGraph', a personalised welcome picture from the icon.

Thalaivar, as he is lovingly called, has partnered with CA Media Digital's first venture, Fluence - a celebrity digital network, which will manage his digital presence.

Among those who cheered the star included popular Tamil director Venkat Prabhu, politician M K Alagiri's son Dayanidhi and DMK MLA and senior leader J Anbazhagan.

The megastar turned out to be an instant hit on the micro-blogging site, attracting almost 150,000 'followers' on his first day of joining the social networking platform.

Rajinikanth is now busy shooting for his next movie 'Lingaa', interestingly named after one of his grandsons. 

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