No one does ‘punch’ dialogue in Kollywood like Rajni does. No wonder so many of his lines are repeated over and over again and become part of the local idiom. Here are some memorable ones:
Pera kettaale chumma adhirudhulla! – ‘Sivaji’
(Aren’t you quaking at the mere mention of my name?
En Vazhi, Thani Vazhi - ‘Padayappa’
(My way is a unique way)
Naan oru thadava sonna, nooru thadava sonna mathiri – ‘Baasha’
(If I say something once, consider it said it a hundred times)
Andavan Solraan, Arunachalam Mudikkiran – ‘Arunachalam’
God proposes, Arunachalam (his character) disposes
Naan eppo varuven, epdi varuvennu yarukkum theriyathu. Aana vara vendiya nerathula kandippa varuven – ‘Muthu’
No one knows when or how I will arrive. But when I have to, I will.
Kanna, panni dhan Kootama varum. Singam Singleaa dhaan varum –‘ Sivaji’
(Kanna, only pigs come in herds. The lion always comes alone)