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Rajnikanth is cheerful and cracking jokes in ICU - Doctor

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s family on Thursday said the actor is “doing fine” and he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit of a city hospital as it is a ’protected place.’

“He is fine. It was an infection that has created an imbalance. He has been moved to ICU only to give more protection and give proper treatment because it’s a sterile area,” said Latha Rajnikanth to the media outside Sri Ramachandra Medical Institute, where he has been admitted for respiratory infection and gastro-intestinal problems.

Further speaking she said that he is eating well and they wanted the actor to take proper rest which was not possible at their home, due to visitors.

Latha Rajinikanth dismissed reports that his health was deteriorating. "All his organs are fine. Don't trust rumors."

Clarifying that all "his organs are fine," Latha said Rajinikanth is a "human being and does not have supernatural powers" and needed a sterile atmosphere.

Asked how long the actor will be in the ICU, she said, "As long as he needs a sterile atmosphere."

Responding to a query on whether he will go abroad for treatment, she said "it is not necessary right now."

The doctor, who is attending to the actor, said, Rajinikanth is a "hale and healthy man". He said the actor is cheerful and cracking jokes in the ICU. However, he did not say when he will be discharged. Latha was accompanied by her son-in-law and Tamil actor Dhanush.

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