Let me take you back 25 years My mom wanted to call me: Matiram: The lord of intelligence.
My dad rejected saying : as a custom If you add Sri in his name, he will become Srimati ram. He proposed : a new name Agneshwara, The lord of fire.
In School, I saw my calligraphy teacher and all her gracious curves and decided I wanted to be an English teacher.
I said: Sir sorry. Na-Tu-Re called me. I had to go out.
Na-Tu-Re?? What is that??
You don’t even know what Na-Tu-Re is? I will be a better English teacher than him.
You arrogant fool, Show me in this dictionary what is this Na-tu-re?
Sir, N-A-T-U-R-E. Na-tu-re Call.
Gaya tera Fu-Tu-Re.
Along with my N-A-T-U-R-E , went my F-U-T-U-R-E.
Every attempt I made to make something out of myself, Failed. Everything attempt I made to make my name: failed.
And that is when I was in Chennai. The city of GODs.
Wait a minute. Isn’t Kerala supposed to be god’s own country, then how can Chennai be the home of GOD???
I had even been to an audition. It was called: Who wants to be next RajniKant
I went to the audition with full of confidence and registered myself as DHEERAJ M.
I was all set for stage. I stood over there. He gave me a script in Tamil.
Omi Swami Shanti-Nathan; Nalya kharya; aaparya; Manyada-Manyada;
Rakki ; Atti ; Patti; Katti ; Appa
And as i said Yenna Rascalla, Judges replied : Vella Po Rascalla. (Get out rascalla)
Confidence had been beaten up. My faith in myself had been beaten up. I really didn’t know what to do. I really didn’t know How to make a name for myself.
I even decided to relocate from Chennai to Bangalore.
He takes me to TOASTMASTERS Club. And I joined.
That same night I called to my father. I said: Pappa, I joined Toastmaster. Hein!!!…..What….Postmaster?? Is this why I spent so much money? My father asked.
No papa. It is Toastmaster, not postmaster.
What is that? My father asked.
It is a club where people come and listen to your talk. I replied.
What!!!! …Because no one is listening to you at home, you are paying them money to make them listen.
My toastmaster’s journey started. I did project after project. And that’s when I started to learn.
I did my 4th project “How to say it” and I knew now How to be a better RajniKant….Enna Rascalla.
I even wondered that time was Rajnikanta toastmaster. He definitely knows (Pause) how body speaks.(Pause) He definitely mastered project 3rd How to get to the point.
“NA ORU-DARAVA SONNA, NURU DARAVA SONNA madar”:
(If I tell once, it is similar to 100)
And Along with this I also thought now I am ready for being RajniKant.
I was all set to rock. I went on to the stage to make my name. They gave me a script in tamil. As I was reading out, judges asked “Tamil Terimaa”(Do you know tamil)??I replied :”No Sir, Hindi Meri Maa”
And after that I did my best. I had a hope for selection. I was waiting for the result. And suddenly they announced D Madhuranjan, I stood up with full of confidence in Rajni style.
And they said: Madhuranjan, you can go home. Remaining sit here for the next round.
The rumour was: I was the worst ever actor in Bangalore interview.
He put his arm around me and said: by the way don’t worry; you are not the worst actor. I heard there is even worse actor, who lives in Chennai, his name is Dheeraj M.