Singapore, May 30: Hundreds of fans have been flocking to Mount Elizabeth Hospital here eager to know about the condition of superstar Rajinikanth, who has been admitted to ICU since last three days.
The actor has been pout in ICU for the second time in last 24 hours. He had been brought out of the ICU on Sunday evening but had to be taken back. Rajinikanth is undergoing dialysis for his kidney treatment.
The 61-year-old actor was taken to Singapore for “rest and rehabilitation” after being discharged from the Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre where he was admitted on May 13 for respiratory infection and other problems.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that it was on good friend Amitabh Bachchan's advice, who has been monitoring Rajinikanth's health, that the superstar was flown to Singapore for treatment.
The friendship of Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan goes way back to the 1983 hit Andha Kanoon.
The two actors have been thick ever since, from sharing opinions for hours on each others' films to discussing and overseeing illnesses or issues in life.
With such a flourishing relationship, when Rajinikanth was hospitalised, it was Big B constantly in touch with his wife Latha and his doctors who suggested Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for Rajini's better treatment of renal failure.
May be it's the unsatisfactory condition of Indian hospitals and also personal experience at the Singapore hospital ( Amar Singh was also admitted to the hospital for kidney transplant) that Bachchan suggested it.
Not only did he recommend the hospital but also personally spoke to the doctors there.
A source close to Rajinikanth's family confirms. "Rajiniji has been diagnosed with renal failure leading to kidney complications. Rajiniji's family is indebted to Amitji for recommending the treatment in Singapore."
Big B too confirmed that he recommended Rajini a treatment from a Singapore hospital.
"I've been talking to Rajini and his wife Latha on his condition and on his welfare regularly. Latha wanted to take him out and asked me to recommend a destination. Of the many options that came up, I suggested Singapore."
Speaking about his warm relationship with Rajinikanth, Bachchan says, "He's so down-to-earth! How he remains that way with the kind of fan-following, is a mystery. And his wife has been a wonderful support. She has brought up their children so well. We discuss issues with each other."
Before leaving India, Rajni also left a brief recorded voice message in Tamil promising that he would return soon.
In the one minute audio tape he said, "I am happily going about my routine. Will come as soon as the treatment gets over. How can I reciprocate the love you have shown for me? How will I pay you all back? I will never let down all my fans throughout the world. I have God's blessings and the blessings of the Guru. Above all, I have the blessing of all my fans who are the manifestation of God.”