Paying his last respects to Mahendran, Superstar Rajinikanth said: “My friendship with Mahendran is beyond cinema. Recently happened to meet and interact with him after a long time in Petta. He was upset with today’s youngsters and politics. Mahendran is someone who never lost his self-respect in any situation, he is indeed a role model for upcoming filmmakers. He unleashed an unknown side of me in his films. After watching Mullum Malarum, my guru K Balachander wrote me a letter saying he feels proud for introducing me in the industry. The credits should only go to Mahendran. His demise is a big loss to Tamil cinema but he will continue to live until the existence of Tamil cinema”.
Earlier while interacting with late director and his guru Balachander, Rajinikanth said that Mahendran is his most favorite filmmaker. Mahendran and Rajinikanth worked together in films like Mullum Malarum, Johnny, and Petta.