Today, the South's film industry films are winning the people's hearts with their content not only in India but all over the world. In South India, there are also many film industries like Kollywood (Tamil), Mollywood (Malayalam), Tollywood (Telugu), and Sandalwood (Kannada), and these all film industries have given many greatest actors or actresses in the past, but there have been some actors and actresses of these film industry who got so popular that any actor and actress of India in future does not will get popularity like them. Today in this article, we will talk or discuss the biography of such a legendary actor who is worshiped as a god in South India. Today we will talk about Megastar Rajinikanth.
Rajinikanth is a name in the film world that hardly anyone does not know or has never heard of before. Rajinikanth is a well-known actor and producer of Tamil cinema, and apart from this, he is also a successful screenwriter. He is not only a superstar but also considered a god in Tamil cinema. He is also known for his style in films, so he is called the King of Style. Rajni, Style Mannan, Rajini, Thalaivar, or Super Star are other names used for Rajinikanth, but his real or actual name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. He is very popular not only in South India but all over India, and his fan is found in every corner of India. He is a great actor, and due to this, he also won many awards; apart from these, he also received Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan from the government of India, which is one of the highest civilian awards in India.
Rajinikanth was born in 1950 in Bangalore, Mysore State, on 12 December in a Marathi Family. He is now 71 years old. Today Mysore state is known as Karnataka state. His name in childhood was Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, but his name was changed in the future. He was named after Shivaji Maharaj. He was born in a very simple family, his father's name was Ramoji Rao Gaikwad, and he was a police constable by profession, and his mother was a homemaker, and her name was Jijabai. When he was only nine years old, his mother died. His parents had four children, 3 sons (Satyanarayana Rao, Shivaji Rao, and Nageshwara Rao) and 1 daughter (Aswath Balubhai), and he was the youngest among them all.
Rajinikanth's childhood was spent in Bangalore, and he did his primary education here. He was going to Gavipuram Government Kannada Model Primary School, which is in Banglore, for primary education. He was very good at studies, and not only this, but he also had a lot of interest in sports. Sports like cricket, football, and basketball were his favorite in school times. When he was studying in primary school, his elder brother enrolled him in Ramakrishna Math. The Ramakrishna Mission established this monastery, and here they were taught about Vedas, history, and religious texts. After this, he was admitted to Acharya Pathasala Public School for further studies after class sixth, and he studied here upto class 12th.
Acting in School Life
Rajinikanth was interested in acting from the days of school life. When he studied at Ramakrishna Math, he acted in many plays, but one of his famous plays is where he played the role of Ekalavya's friend; for this role, he received much appreciation from everyone. D. R. Bendre, who was a famous Kannada poet, was very happy with his acting abilities.
After completing his schooling, he looked for a job but did not get the job he wanted, but he did not give up and started the work of a coolie; after some time, he got a job in Bangalore Transport Service as a post of bus conductor, but he was very fond of acting, because of this, along with his work, he used to participate in plays at many places.
Although he did not want to work in plays and did not want to do small roles, he thought of enrolling in acting institutes to get good roles later in films. He wanted to do acting courses at Madras Film Institute, but his family did not want him to do acting courses; but his one friend (Raj Bahadur), which was also his co-worker, supported him financially and also motivated him to join the institute.
Starting Acting Career
After taking admitted to Madras Film Institute, he worked very hard; he worked in many Dramas acts, and because of this, many people came to know him. K. Balachander, a well-known director of the Tamil film industry, was impressed by seeing him acting in Institutes, and he was the person who advised him to change his name to Rajinikanth because there was also one actor whose name was Sivaji Ganesan to avoid the confusion between him and Sivaji Ganesan he suggests to do so.
K. Balachander was very pleased with the way Rajinikanth acted, and because of this, he gave Rajinikanth a small role in his filmApoorva Raagangal; this film was released in the year 1975; he played the role of the ex-husband in the film lead actress Srividya. This film garnered a lot of praise and also won many awards, for example, National Film Awards, Award for the Best Tamil Feature, and many more.
Rajinikanth had made a lot of places in people's hearts with his first film with a very small role. Rajinikanth's second film was Katha Sangma, directed by Puttanna Kangal and released in 1976. After this, Rajinikanth started getting many films offers, and in the year 1977, Rajinikanth's first film was released as a lead actor; the name of the film was Chilakamma Cheppindi, and this was a Telugu Film directed by Eranki Sharma, and through this film, Rajinikanth became quite popular.
In the initial phase of his acting career, Rajinikanth was not getting a lot of lead roles in movies. He was mostly offered to play supporting roles and Villainous roles in movies. When Rajinikanth started becoming popular, he started getting movie offers from the Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada film industries, and due to this, in the year 1978, approx 20 films by Rajnikanth were released. The year 1978 was very lucky for Rajnikanth because this was when he became a superstar of Tamil cinema; before this, Rajinikanth had done many films, but he did not get the title of superstar.
Bairavi, directed by M. Bhaskar, was Rajinikanth's first Tamil film as a solo actor, and this film was a life-changing film for Rajinikanth because this was the first film through which he started called a superstar. After this, Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu was another box office hit film of Rajjnikanth. Mullum Malarum, directed by Mahendran, was another successful movie for Rajnikanth, and for this movie, he got a lot of praise and also received many awards, such as the best actor award at Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
Within just four years of debuting in the film world, he had worked in more than 50 films in different film industries, including Ninaithale Inikkum, Priya, Amma Evarikkaina Amma, and Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai, were the most popular and successful one.
Rajinikanth considered his idol and inspiration Amitabh Bachchan in Bollywood or Hindi film industry, and because of this, he worked in many Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan films, such as Amar Akbar Anthony remake Shankar Salim Simon released in the year 1977, Majboor remake Naan Vazhavaippen released in the year 1974, Don remake Billa released in the year 1980, Deewaar remakes Thee released in the year 1981 and Trishul remake Mr. Bharath released in th year 1986. After the success of the film Billa, Rajinikanth became the most popular star in South Indian cinema.
After working in South Indian Cinema, including Tamil Film Industry, Telugu Film Industry, Kannada Film Industry, and Malayalam Film Industry, Rajinikanth also thought of working in Bollywood. In 1983, Rajinikanth started his first Bollywood film called Andha Kanoon, and T. Rama Rao directed this film; in this film, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Pran, and Amrish Puri were the other stars cast. The film performed well at the box office and became some of the year's best films. After this film, he got many films offers in the Hindi film industry, and Bewafai was one of his biggest successful movies in Bollywood.
After all these films, he worked on many other films; some were blockbusters. Rajinikanth has worked in more than 150 films till now. Suppose the list of best Rajinikanth movies will be made. In that case, Mullum Malarum, Baashha, Thalapathi, 2.0, Enthiran, Annamalai, Muthu, Thillu Mullu, Sivaji, Padaiyappa, Adisaya Piravi, Padikkathavan, Kabali, Sri Raghavendra, Kaala, Nallavanukku Nallavan, Mannan, Pathinaru Vayathinile, Paayum Puli, Chandramukhi, Aarilirindhu Aruvathu Varai, Apoorva Raagangal, Billa, Arunachalam, Muthu, and many other films must be included.
Marriage and Children
Rajinikanth was married to an Indian playback singer Lata Rangachari in the year 1981 on 26 February in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. she was a student of Ethiraj College for Women and also interviewed him once for some magazine. By the way, before marriage, news of many of his relationships also used to come; before marriage, he was in a relationship with Nirmala and Silk Smitha. Rajinikanth and Latha Rangachari have two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth.
Rajinikanth's eldest daughter Aishwarya Rajinikanth is the playback singer, director, and wife of actor Dhanush, but they divorced in 2022, while Soundarya Rajinikanth, younger daughter of Rajnikanth, is the graphic designer, director, and producer, and she is the wife of Vishagan Vanangamudi; both daughters work in the Tamil film industry.
Net worth, Car collection, Houses
Rajnikanth is one of the biggest superstars of South Indian cinema, his movies rock the box office, and due to all this, he is one of the richest actors in the south film industry. His net worth is 410 crores, which is about $55 million; for any film, he charges more than 30 crore rupees, and due to this, he is among the highest-paid actors in the south film industry; he earns more than 50 crore rupees yearly.
Despite being such a big actor, Rajinikanth lives a very simple life. He doesn't have a huge collection of cars; he has only 2 to 5 cars, but all of them are very luxurious; Range Rover, Toyota Innova, & Bently are some of his car collections. Besides cars, he has many houses all over India, out of which there is a very beautiful house in Chennai.
Award and Achievements
In the history of the South Indian film industry, there has been only one actor like Rajinikanth, and hardly anyone will be in the future. Rajinikanth is a great actor, and because of this, he has been honored with many awards; he has won more than 40 awards to date; let's see the list of some popular awards he received.
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Rajnikanth is not only considered an actor in south India but he is also considered a god; many temples in south India are dedicated to Rajnikanth. How Rajnikanth is popular in south India, you can imagine with the fact that every actor wants to release their films during festivals or holidays so that more and more people can see their movies, but Rajinikanth is such a superstar whose movie release does not have to wait for any festival or holiday, rather, the day his movie is released, it becomes a Holidays or Festival.