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Overview (4)

Born in Bangalore, Mysore State, India
Birth NameShivaji Rao Gaekwad
Nicknames Superstar
Thalaivar
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Rajinikanth has been a megastar in the Tamil movie industry since the 70s. He is one of the highest earning actors in Asia. He has also worked in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and English movies. He was born in Bangalore (India), and was employed as a bus conductor before he joined the Madras Film Institute. He made his debut in _Katha Sangama (1975)_ and became a star with _Apoorva Raagangal (1975)_ . His unique acting style is characterized by a trademark gesture: flipping a cigarette in the air and catching it in his mouth. His fans conduct poojas on huge cutouts of Rajnikant just before the launching of his films to ensure his success. His fans collect opening day ticket stubs of his movies and even buy them at exorbitant prices. Directors cannot 'kill off' his character in the movie for fear that the theatre will be burnt down to prevent future runnings of the movie by his 'crazed' fans who consider him almost a god. He is said to "explode like a tiger on screen".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sujit R. Varma <sujit_varma@hotmail.com>

Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (Rajnikanth) was born on December 12, 1949 in Karnataka. He was a bus conductor during which time he reportedly caught the fancy of the bus travelers with his mannerisms and style of issuing tickets and blowing the whistle and so on. Looking to become an actor, he moved to Chennai and joined the film institute. It was here that he caught the eye of K. Balachander, a director known for introducing talented, new faces into the Tamil film industry.

Balachander gave him a small role as the no-good husband of Srividya in Aboorva Raagangal and the rest, as they say, is history. Rajnikanth soon graduated to playing villains and his style, swagger and casually unique brand of villainy vowed the movie-going public. Be it the sadistic husband of Sujatha in Avargal (1977) or the wolf in sheep's clothing in Moondru Mudichu (1976) or the lust-filled village rowdy in Bharathiraja's 16 Vayadhinile, Rajnikanth was the villain the people loved to hate.

From here, it was a small step for Rajni, playing the anti-hero and finally, the hero in Bhairavi. Rajnikanth firmly captured the vacant, action-hero slot in Tamil movies with a series of movies where he routinely bashed up the bad guys who had done him injustice in one way or the other. Once in a while he did movies like Aarulirundhu Arubadhu Varai or Johny which gave us glimpses of his acting potential. But action was what the fans expected from a Rajni movie and action was what he gave them. He has been superstar for the past 25 years.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mohan <mohan@2d.com>

Spouse (1)

Latha (26 February 1981 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Style Icon
Spiritual nature in real-life
Known for his uniquely stylized ways of dialogue delivery, performance, gestures, mannerisms, tricks, etc

Trivia (12)

Tamil Superstar, worshiped like a god by his fans.
Despite being a megastar of Tamil movies, he is not Tamil.
Father of Aishwarya Dhanush.
Father of Soundarya R. Ashwin.
His mother-tongue is Marathi.
Rajnikanth's movies after 1995 started running all over India, even outside southern states and were dubbed in regional Indian languages and Hindi due to his popularity all over India. Rajinikanth is extremely popular in Japan.
His 100th film was Sri Raghvendra, which was made in Tamil.
Owing to his immense worldwide success and his legacy as one of the best style icons ever, Rajinikanth's birthday, December 12, is celebrated as "World Style Day" or "International Style Day" by his fans.
Was signed for Naseeruddin Shah's role in Tahalka (1992).
His song "Unnakum Ennakum" from Sree Raaghavendar (1985) was sampled by Black Eyed Peas in the song "Elephunk".
Starred in the shelved movie B.M.B. Productions "Tu Hi Meri Zindagi" (1990). Starring Shammi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Sri Devi, Rajnikant, Music by Bappi Lahiri, Produced by Suresh Bokadia, Directed by K.C. Bokadia.
In the film "Dharma Yuddam" released in 1979, a disco English song was filmed on Rajnikanth.

Personal Quotes (2)

Meditation is the key to his energy.
The happiest men in this world are child, lunatic and a sage.

Salary (2)

Baba (2002) >40Crores INR
Chandramukhi (2005) रू20 Crores

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