Days after winning the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, veteran actor and superstar Rajinikanth has been admitted to a hospital in Chennai, news agency PTI reported. The actor was admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai this morning. Sources close to the actor said that he was admitted to the hospital for routine medical examinations. The publicity agent of the actor, Riaz K. Ahmed, was quoted by PTI news agency as saying that the actor is undergoing routine health checks on a routine basis and has therefore been taken to the private hospital in Chennai.
Rajinikanth, 70, had recently attended the awards ceremony where he was awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his decades-long contribution to Hindi cinema. The actor was honored with the award by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at a ceremony in the national capital attended by many esteemed personalities. At the same ceremony, Rajinikanth’s brother-in-law was awarded the National Film Award. After the award ceremony ended, the actor also visited President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Months before the Tamil Nadu assembly elections held in April and May this year, Rajinikanth withdrew from the race and said he would not join politics. Over the past several years, the actor has made clear his intentions to join politics and has also reportedly planned to launch his own political party. In a shocking decision, the actor refused to join politics, citing his poor health. The actor also canceled the shooting of a movie he was shooting at the time due to his poor health. Describing the occurrence of his ill health as a signal from God Almighty, the representative concluded that he would not launch the political party and would not enter politics.