12 December isn’t just any other date in the calendar. It’s the day that marks the Birthday of the biggest superstar of all times- Rajinikanth. He is not just a megastar, he is phenomenal in himself. He is not just loved, but is worshipped. The popularity and prestige that he has achieved in the last four decades isn’t short of magic. Rajinikanth doesn’t do extensive promotions for his films. He is not the actor who flaunts his body or is constantly in news for his personal life. He is someone who does ordinary things extraordinarily.
People drool over his trademark walk. His fans are smitten every time he ruffles his hair. And the way he pops a cigarette in his mouth! The moment he comes on screen, you can hear millions of people chanting “Thalaiva.” There are some actors who become stars and a few stars who become superstars, but there is just one who surpasses all these tags of stardom and becomes the “Thalaiva.” Today, as Rajinikanth celebrates his 67th birthday, we’ll talk about 10 things that you should know about him.
Shivaji Rao Gaikwad aka Rajinikanth was born in the house of a Maharashtrian couple- Ramabai and Ramoji Rao. He is the youngest of four siblings.
Before becoming an actor, he acted in several mythological Kannada plays. His favorite role was that of Duryodhana.
He was a student at the Madras Film Institute. In his struggle days, he did many odd jobs which also included the job of a bus conductor.
Rajinikanth’s first role as a protagonist was in the 1977 blockbuster movie Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri. The movie was directed by SP Muthuraman who collaborated with Rajinikanth for several other projects later on.
Veteran filmmaker K Balachander who launched Rajini was the one who predicted his superstardom. During an interview, he said, “In my forthcoming movie, I’m going to introduce a young man who has fire in his eyes. Just mark my words. He is going to become a phenomenon one day.”
Thalaiva tasted commercial success with the 1980 blockbuster movie Billa, which was the remake of the hindi movie Don starring Amitabh Bachchan.
He won his first and only Best Actor Filmfare award for Nallavanuku Nallavan (1984). However, he refused to accept the award citing that actor Murali deserved it for Poo Vilangu.
Rajini has acted with Kamal Haasan in 11 films. Together, their last film in Tamil was Alavudinum Arputha Vilakkum which released in 1979.
Rajinikanth wrote the screenplay for Valli (1993) and Baba (2002). Both the movies tanked at the box office. He also played a guest role in the 1998 English movie Bloodstone.
Thalaiva is touted to be the highest paid actor in India and second highest in Asia after his superhit movie Sivaji (2007). His much-anticipated sci-fi thriller 2.0 is the costliest Asian film ever.
As Thalaiva continues to be the grand star that he is, here’s wishing him more success along with good health.
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