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  1. Updates of the film.
  2. Name on the film's website as "Crowd producers".
  3. Original film artwork postcard with a Thank You message from the director.

12 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 31 May, 2015

Friend's Club

  1. Download link of the film a day before the release.
  2. Print of a hand-painted Rajnikanth poster made by a Tamil artist who specializes in Rajnikanth posters.
  3. All of the above.

15 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 31 May, 2015

Fan Club

  1. Hi-def download of the film a day before the release.
  2. Film poster signed by the team & one of the fans in the film.
  3. All of the above.

9 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 31 May, 2015

Muthu Club

  1. Invitation to the film premiere.
  2. DVD with artwork of the film and outtakes/behind the scenes footage.
  3. All of the above.

7 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 1 Jun, 2015

Baasha Club

  1. Name in the film's roll in the Special Thanks section.
  2. Meet the filmmakers for dinner and a discussion about the film.
  3. Get a painting of your favorite Rajnikanth picture, made by a Tamil artist who specializes in Rajnikanth posters.
  4. All of the above.

11 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 1 Jun, 2015

Superstar Partners

  1. Mention in the film's credits as Superstar Partner of the film.
  2. All of the above.

1 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 30 Jun, 2015

Supporting Producer

  1. Credit in the film's roll as Supporting Producer as well as in all marketing/publicity material.
  2. All of the above (except the Superstar Partner credit).

2 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 30 Jun, 2015

Associate Producer

  1. Associate Producer Credit in the film's opening credit with your photo.
  2. All of the above (except other credits).

0 Claimed ( Sold out )

Ships: Globally

Est: 30 Jun, 2015

About the project

Little is known of the south Indian cinematic culture, which is as prolific and bears many of the same narrative and elements as its northern cousin. The southern industry though bears one significant difference - the cult of superstar. While the major movie stars in Hindi film industry enjoy the adulation of fans and tabloids alike, they cannot hope for 50-foot cardboard statues bathed in milk and honey on the day of a film release. They cannot hope that fan club members will hold a knife to the projectionist to ensure the film is paused at the first appearance of the beloved star, so that the theatre audience gets an uninterrupted cheer at the freeze frame, and the front row has the chance to conduct a short prayer facing the image of the deity of the day. Nor do they expect that fans will riot if their favourite star’s songs are not replayed, mid-movie.

What is “For The Love of A Man” about?

Our film is a documentary that explores the fandom of megastar Rajnikanth through the lives and works of a few fans who have been avowed followers of Rajnikanth. We follow fans such as Ravi- a politician in a small town, Mani- a peanut seller and former gangster who turned legit thanks to Rajnikanth’s films, Kamal Anand- who feeds his family by imitating Rajnikanth on stage, and finally Gopi- a wage labourer at a gas company.

Why Rajnikanth?

Film stars in South India have explicit titles – ‘Mega Star’ Chiranjeevi, ‘Ultimate Star’ Ajith, ‘Mega Power Star’ Ram Teja, and even ‘Little Super Star’ Silambarasan. The buck stops, however, at the granddaddy of them all, the one who retains just ‘Superstar’ the indomitable Rajnikant.

Why are fan clubs the center of the plot?

It is easy to dismiss the fan clubs of south India as a cultish parody of misplaced testosterone. But for the vast majority of the young lower-middle class men who dominate these, the club is a manifestation of their cultural and political belonging and a means for them to assert themselves in society. The fan club for some viewers could be the ultimate manifestation of a tribute to cinema, and for yet others, a scary specter of the incredible power the film medium can invest in its stars.

What inspired you to take up this project?

Our intention is to make a film that captures two important and parallel issues. First, our film explores the unique importance of popular culture in the lives of people in South India. Rajnikanth fans do not just stay overnight waiting for a film, they dedicate years of their lives for the star. Fan club members who are not a fringe group, but a very sizable population, enough to make large blockbuster films recover their entire multi-million budgets through fan spending alone. The second issue we cover, by following the fans in their daily lives, is understanding fan culture from a socio-economic perspective. Who are these fans? What are the consequences of their actions? What does this all say about the “India Rising” discourse of a growing, inclusive, economy? The goal at the end of the film is to tell a human story of passion, devotion, and expression.

How did you go about executing this documentary?

Our primary narrative technique is interviews and observations, but we also use archival film, artwork and music in the film. Some of this archival footage describes some of what we discuss – clever innuendo hidden in song lyrics, lines that are aimed at pleasing fans, and the ubiquitous, thinly disguised social and political swipes peppered through the films. A major objective of the documentary is to recreate the look and feel of Tamil cinema, the visual culture of South Indian cinema is unique, and something we hope do authentically and sensitively. Our film is shot on location in the metropolis of Chennai, and the small town of Sholingur, both in Tamil Nadu, India. We also cover the release and aftermath of two Rajnikanth films – "Enthiran" and "Sivaji 3D", to highlight the frenzy around a film release, and cover the birthday celebrations of the star throughout the two cities on 12.12.12, deemed an extremely auspicious date by thousands of his fans.

Why crowdfunding?

Everyone who participates in our fundraising campaign will be considered part of the film, and acknowledged online or in the film. Some of our top funders will be especially invited to be a part of the core crew of the film.

How will the money be used?

Rs. 250000 in Editing

Rs. 100000 in Music composer

Rs. 50000 in Sound Design

Rs. 50000 in Color Correction

What are the risks and challenges associated with your project?

There are two major risks with the project. Our documentary is entirely self-funded, and its narrative is driven by the characters themselves. Such films need a great deal of footage to tell a cohesive story on one hand, but on another, also frequently tell a story that the audience must interpret as it resonates with them. The risk herein is that documentary filmmaking is still a fairly under-appreciated line of work and does not have the kind of commercial draw that would make such a project stand on its own feet.

The second major risk is around the subject matter itself and what people expect from a film about it. Since starting production, we have been approached several times by the media, by people in the film industry, and by fans themselves who want to learn more about the film. However, each of these groups of people have their own ideas and interpretations of what a good film on Rajnikanth fans would be. For some viewers, the phenomenon of fandom represents a form of irrational behavior, for others, it is a fun, quirky element of cinema culture, and for yet others, it is something deeply sacrosanct. In the end, the film is going to present a vision that may please one or another constituent at the expense of another.

What happens when I don't raise enough money?

If we don't make the target amount, we will likely be delayed in the post-production work, but the film itself will not stop. We will try and seek out funding from other sources including friends and family and production houses to raise the money.

How am I going to prove that I won't just take all the money and run away?

We are serious filmmakers and have been working on this film for over four years now. Our website is online with a lot of the clips from the film, which has in all cost us multiple times the amount likely to be raised from Wishberry, therefore we see this as assistance for the last phase of our film and have much to lose in terms of credibility by taking off with the funds.


Rinku Kalsy - Director

Joyojeet Pal - Producer

Satchit Puranik - Editor

sandeep p.s - Cameraman

udit Khurana - cameraman

prarthana Srikaanth - Assistant Director, translator

shalini vijayakumar - research assistant, translator

sreeram pradeep - soundman


Sriram Sindhu

This is Sriram (known as injar amongst rajini fans). I badly wanted this film to release . I am just 18 years old and I saved this money for almost 3 months ( money out of blog writing , out of taking tuition to kids) . I would be the happiest person in the world if this film releases without any problems . I am studying to get scholarship in Japan to do my undergraduate from this January . Please release the film before that . I am sorry for the small amount but thanks a ton for making a film for our THALAIVAR . LOVE YOU . WAITING .....YOUR BROTHER ,INJAR SRIRAM .


Heather Wilson

I visit Tamil Nadu every year and have always been fascinated by the cult of the 'star' in cinema there. Even when I go to see films in Australia there is the same fanatical devotion to favourite stars and this sounds the perfect way to learn more about the phenomenon. Looking forward to seeing your film!


Rodrigo Fonseca

Best of luck!


Vivek Khemani

Good luck guys!!!


Sravan Reguri

Feeling happy for that...:)


Sai Teja Peddinti

Hello Rinku Kalsy and Joyojeet,Very eagerly waiting for the film. - Sai Teja Peddinti


Manjit Bhamral

Good Luck for your venture and God Bless You :-)


Prabal Dutta

Good luck!


Siddharth Chukkapalli

Hey Rinku , All the best for yor project . I am huge fan of Rajinikant. Can't wait to see the movie . My friend Praveen sent me the link , I contributed thanks to him. Cheers


praveen kumar soma

All the best..Visit for our cartoons,Let us know if you need any help from us.


Srinivas Kollipara

Good luck Rinku!


sameer singh

Good luck guys.


Peter van Rij

Hi Rinku, I'm from Amsterdam, the city where you also studied I read :). I love the Indian Movies and movie culture , so every documentary about this movie world I would like to contribute to. The trailer looked very interesting and I'm sure you will achieve your goal and get funded. Kind regards, Peter van Rij


Nimesh Dadia

HEY RINKU, Am a friend of Satchit Puranik, the actor and editor. I quite liked the trailer... I am more interested in the Fans psyche than Rajni sirr.. Wish you luck Nimesh


Ranjana Pillai

Dear Babuji dada


Ranjana Pillai

Dear Rinku and Babuji!!Here's wishing you all success in your venture! Hope the film does really well :-)Love and best wishes from ... Didun, Dadabhai, Balan mesho and Ranjana mashirani


Ted M

Good luck!


Kamal Amesur



Chris George

All the very best! :)


Ram Kumar

All the best Rinku. We met at the Goa Project.Ramkumar R S


Rohit Goenka

JoyGood luck with your projectRohit


Shabnam Suresh

All the Best !! :)


Kavita Gonsalves

Looking forward to seeing this gem of a documentary.


Ketaki Rituraj

Hi Rinku - We met at TGP - I was one of the three chaterring girls you spoke to in the afternoon, when you were nervously writing your pitch :) I loved the idea from the start but didn't want to fork up cash (seriously!). All the best, and I'm REALLY looking forward to watching the film.Love and Luck,Ketaki (