Will Rajinikanth, the Superstar Clash with Rajinikanth, the Neta?

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Will Rajinikanth, the Superstar Clash with Rajinikanth, the Neta?

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n his profile in The New Yorker, Donald Glover spoke about “Trojan-horsing” his show Atlanta to FX network executives. It’s a term that’s gained popularity among writers and creators where a niche, seemingly unpopular non-viable idea is wrapped in a creamy outer layer made of popular, marketable flavours. Jenji Kohan, the creator of Orange is The New Black, used the same tactic and pitched her show around Piper, a privileged, attractive white woman who finds herself in prison: the Trojan horse to tell the stories of a diverse group of black and Latina women.

Likewise, Rajinikanth is director Pa Ranjith’s Trojan horse. A superstar that the director uses to tell stories of significance.

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