Hundreds of fans thronged Vishnuvardhan’s house to have a glimpse of their favourite Tamil actor. There was an initial disappointment among the huge crowd when Rajnikanth arrived in a car and zoomed inside Vishnuvardhan’s home. However, after meeting Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, the he waved at his die-hard fans standing outside.
Speaking to the media Rajnikanth said that the Kannada film idol was already a superstar when he had just started his career. “It was sad to hear about his demise. I guess only friends can understand who he really was. And he was my friend for over 32 years,” said Rajnikanth.
Recalling his encounters with ‘Vishnu sir’, Rajnikanth spoke on the influence he had over his career to act in Tamil movies. “I still remember, once there was an offer to work both in a Kannada and a Tamil film. I was confused on which to choose. When I asked Vishnu sir, he advised me to take up the Tamil film project as the film was directed by K Balachander.
“Vishnu sir told me that it would be a matter of pride for Kannadigas as “our boy” will act in a Tamil movie,” said Rajnikanth.
He also apologised for being unable to attend the funeral of his "old and dear" friend owing to his hectic schedule.
"I cannot explain the value of our friendship. Our friendship was one that could be enjoyed, not one that could be expressed in words," said Rajnikant, who had starred with Vishnuvardhan in two Kannada films 'Sahodarara Savaal' and 'Galaate Samsaara' and as many Tamil films 'Viduthalai' and 'Sri Raghavendra'.
Rajnikant, who spent some time with the bereaved family, said Vishnuvardhan's death is a "great loss" to him. "I have no words to convey the sense of loss," he said.