For the Love of a Man
Dir. Rinku Kalsy. 2015, 85 mins. In Tamil with English subtitles. DCP. This stranger-than-fiction documentary is a vivid look at celebrity worship in its most extreme form. It profiles three men from various walks of life whose near-religious devotion to Tamil superstar actor and icon Rajnikanth defines nearly every aspect of their lives. While for some, this all-consuming super-fandom has been a saving grace, for others it has driven them to the brink of ruin. For Western audiences not yet familiar with the cult of Rajnikanth, For the Love of a Man offers a colorful glimpse of a singular cultural phenomenon.
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