Rajinikanth – Super Star of India

Super Star Rajinikanth is one of the Top earning actors in Asia.  He is most influential and bankable movie stars in Indian cinema. Rajinikanth’s mass popularity and appeal is largely drawn from his mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue. He received India’s third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema.

Other than acting, Rajinikanth

worked as a screenwriter, film producer and also a playback singer.

The Tamil mega star from 70s till present, He has also acted in Bollywood, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hollywood and Bengali films as well. Although his mother-tongue is Marathi, he has not acted in any Marathi films yet.


Rajinikanth was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in a Maratha family in Karnataka, India. His ancestors are from the village of NachiKuppam in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu. He was the fourth child of his parents, Jijabai and Ramoji Rao Gaekwad, a police constable. He lost his mother at the age of eight. He did his schooling at the Acharya Paathshala in Basavanagudi, Bangalore and then at the
Vivekananda Balaka Sangha.

He worked with various jobs in Bangalore. He also attended a theatre for stage plays. Before starting his career in the film industry, he used to practice stunts at the Rama Hanuman Temple at a hill near his house. He then primarily worked as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Bangalore. It was during the time that he nurtured his acting interests by performing in various stage plays.

He joined the Madras Film institute in 1973 with the help of his friend Raj Bahadur, a fellow bus driver and completed a basic course in acting. In the film institute he was helped by his Vice Principal A. Prabhakaran. K. Balachander(director known for introducing talented, new faces into the Tamil film industry)  gave him a small role as the no-good husband of Srividya in Aboorva Raagangal and the rest, as they say, is history.

Rajinikanth 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.  After earning ₹26 crore (equivalent to ₹55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time. While working in other regional film industries of India, Rajinikanth has also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including that of the United States. As of 2014, Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. In addition to acting, he has also worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career, he is also a philanthropist, spiritualist, and serves as an influence in Dravidian politics.

His unique acting style is characterized by a trademark gesture: flipping a cigarette in the air and catching it in his mouth. His dark skin and heavy-lidded eyes have made him the hero of the lower classes. His mannerisms and stylised delivery of dialogue in films contribute to his mass popularity and appeal.

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

His Favorite
Favourite God : Shri Raghavendra
Favourite Books : Books written by Shri Ramana Maharishi
Favourite City : Chennai
Favourite Colour : Black
Favourite Drinks : Juice & Curd
Favourite Foods : Chicken & Mutton items
Happiest Moments : To be alone
Favourite Dress : White Kurtha
Favourite Place: Himalaya
Favourite Place in House: Pooja Room
Favourite Proverb : Beware of Everything -that is un true; stick to the Truth shall succeed slowly but steadily
Favourite work : Self-driving
Favourite Hollywood : Actor Sylvester Stallone
Favourite Indian Actor : Kamal Haasan
Favourite Actress: Rekha (Hindi)
Favourite Role : Romantic Roles
Most Valuable Item: Appreciation Letter from K.Balachander for the film “Mullum Malarum”
Favourite Language : English
Favourite Films : Hollywood Films
Favourite Novel : Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan & T. Janakiraman’s Amma Vanthal

Favourite Cinema Scene : Duet Scene
Favourite Writer : Jayagandhan
Favourite Poet : Kannadasan
Favourite Musician : Illayaraja
Favourite Speaker : Vattal Nagaraj
Favourite Songs : Songs sung by Chandrababu
Favourite Film : Veera Kesari (Kannada)
Favourite Politician : Singapore President Lee Quan-u
Unforgettable Leader : Mahatma GandhiJI
Unforgettable Man: K.Balachander
Unforgettable Function : Baasha Silver Jubilee Function
Unforgettable Friend : Sri Priya

He married Latha Parthasarathy, sister of actor Y. G. Mahendran‘s wife, on February 26, 1981, at the age of 31 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and they have two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth. Latha currently runs a school named The Ashram. His elder daughter Aishwarya Rajinikanth married actor Dhanush on November 18. His second daughter, Soundarya Rajinikanth, works in the film industry as a director, producer and graphic designer.

Rajini
Lata herself a versatile singer, now runs a school called The Ashram. The couple indulges in a lot of charity, the latest being converting his Raghavendra Kalyana  Mandapam into a charitable trust to help the poor and needy.
Rajnikant’s phenomenal success and his sway over the masses make people speculate whether he will follow the footsteps of the late MGR and enter politics. Though there has been a lot of pressure on him to enter politics by the likes of actor turned journalist, Cho Ramaswamy (“Rajinikanth is the best choice for chief ministership because he has a basic integrity and simplicity, a quality which is very rare these days”) Rajinikanth has persistently maintained a diplomatic silence, except for the fact that he openly supported the ruling DMK in the last assembly elections and discreetly in the recent Lok Sabha elections. When pressed,
Rajnikant answers in his own inimitable style, “Yesterday I was a conductor, today I’m a star, tomorrow what I’ll be only He knows!”
A bit of a recluse, he may be at heart, but everyone who’s had the privilege of a darshan with the thalaivar has come away with a spring in his step, and a warm glow in his heart. Warm, friendly and affable, he’s the sort who deserves all the superstardom he’s earned. Such men, indeed, are rare.!!!!

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