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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Superstar Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth  ரஜினிகாந்த் born 12 December 1950 as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad  made his debut as an actor in " Apoorva Raagangal"(1975) directed by K Balachander which won the National Award for Best Tamil Film.

In his early film career he performed a variety of negative roles in Tamil Films like -

Moondru Mudichu (1976) - as a womaniser

16 Vayadhinile(1977) -  as a villge minor

Avargal - sadistic husband

Rajinikanth always refers to K. Balachander as his mentor but it was Director SP.Muthuraman who revamped his image by giving a positive role in "Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri"(1977)

Bhairavi(1977) directed by R Baskar was the 1st Tamil Film where he acted as Hero

 Superstar with other leading stars of Tamil Cinema

Rajinikant with M Karunanidhi

 He is married to Latha Rangachari on February 26, 1981 and has two daughters namely,Aishwarya and Soundarya.

Aishwarya is married to Actor Dhanush

Soundarya is married to Ashwin

Awarded India's 3rd highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2000

Filmfare Award for Best Actor for ' Nallavanikku Nallavan'(1984)

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in the Best Actor category for Muthu (1995), Padayappa (1999), Chandramukhi (2005), and Sivaji (2007)
TN State Speacial Awardfor Best Actor - Mullum Malaraum (1978) and Moondru Mugam(1982)

Entertainer of the Decade at the NDTV Indian of the Year 2010 .

His Doubles Roles in the Tamil Films -

"Billa" a remake of the Amitabh Bachchan's Hindi Film Don(1978)

"Johnny" directed by Director Mahendran

"Netrikkan" directed by SP Muthuraman and produced by K Balachander

won him critical acclaim.

 Rajinikanth's first full-length comedy Tamil Film was'Thillu Mullu' a remake of the Hindi Film Golmal

Rajinikanth's first Hindi Film ' Andha Kanoon ' (1983)alongwith Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini went on to become one of the highest grossing films of that time.

Rajinikanth's 100th film was Sri Raghavendra (1985) where he played Hindu Saint Raghavendra Swami in the film. 

Rajinikant's only English film was 'Bloodstone'(1988)
Rajinikanth's Chandramukhi(2005) ran for nearly 800 days in Chennai and box office collections were a record at that time.
Rajinikanth's 'Enthiran'(2010) a science fiction film released worldwide was the most expensive Indian film ever madeand ultimately becoming the highest-grossing film in India at that time and broke all box office record.


Rajinikanth played both good and bad robot characters himself in 'Robot'. 

Rajinikanth acted as a  scientist in 'Robot'. 

 Rajinikanth is alwaysconvincing as a superhero and the action sequences of the movie were delight to watch

Rajinikanth ' as  Robot character 'Chitti' is at his best 

Rajinikanth's popularity has been attributed to -
Unique Style in acting and Mannerisms
Larger-than-life super-hero appearance in films
Punchlines in almost every film

Remuneration for films

He is reportedly paid 26 crores for 'Sivaji'(2007) which made him the 2nd highest actor after Jackie Chan in Asia

He is reportedly paid 45 crores for 'Enthiran'(2010) which made him the all-India Superstar of films.

Rajnikanth's Super Hit Films are:

Apoorva Raagangal(1975) - Directed by Balachander

Moondru Mudichu(1976) - Directed by Balachander

16 Vayathinile(1977) - Directed by Bharathiraja

Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977) - Directed by SP Muthuraman

Mullum Malarum(1978) - Directed by Mahendran and Cinematography Balu Mahendra

Billa(1979) - Directed by R Krishnamoorthy

Murattu Kalai(1981) - Directed by SP Muthuraman

Moondru Mugam(1982) - Directed by A Jagannatan

Nallavankku Nallavan(1984) - Directed by SP Muthuraman



Rajadhi Raja (1989) - Directed by R Sundararajan

Thalapathi(1991) - Directed by Mani Ratnam

Annamalai(1992) - Directed by Suresh Krishna

 Veera (1994) - Directed by Suresh Krishna

Batcha(1995) - Directed by Suresh Krishna

Muthu(1995) - Directed by K S Ravikumar

Padayappa(1999) - Directed by K S Ravikumar


Chandramukhi(2005) - Directed by P Vasu


Sivaji(2007) -  Directed by  S Shankar

Enthiran(2010) - Directed by Shankar

 Rajinikanth has acted in Balachandar's Direction in 6 Tamil Films.They are -

1) Apoorva Raagangal (1975)
2) Moondru Mudichu (1976)
3) Avargal (1976)
4) Thappu Thalangal (1978)
5) Ninaithale Inikkum (1978)
6) Thillu Mullu (1980)

Rajinikanth has acted in SP.Muthuraman's Direction in 22 Tamil Films.They are -

1)Priya  (1978)
2)Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai (1979)
3)Murattu Kalai  (1980)
4)Kazhugu  (1980)
5)Netrikkan  (1981)
6)Ranuva Veeran  (1981)
7)Pokkiri Raja  (1981)
8)Puthukavithai  (1982)
9)Engeyo Ketta Kural  (1982)
10)Paaynum Puli  (1982)
11)Adutha Varisu  (1983)
12)Naan Mahaan Alla (1983)
13)Nalllavanuku Nallavan  (1984)
14)Sri Raghavendra  (1985)
15)Mr Bharath (1985)
16)Velaikkaran  (1987)
17)Manithan  (1987)
18)Guru Sishyan (1987)
19)Dharmathin Thalaivan (1988)
20)Raja Chinna Roja  (1988)
21)Athisaya Piravi (1990)
22)Pandiyan (1992)

Rajinikanth has acted alongwith with Kamal Haasan in 10 Tamil Films.They are -

1)Apoorva Raagangal(1975) 
2) Moondru Mudichu (1976)
3) Avargal (1976)
4) 16 Vayithinale (1976)
5) Aadu Puli Attam (1977)
6) Illamai Oonjaladukirathu (1977)
7) Thappu Thalangal (1978)
8) Aval Appadithan (1978)
9) Ninaithale Inikkum (1978)
10)Allauddinum Arputha Vilakkum (1979)

 Rajinikanth has acted alongwith with Sivaji Ganesan in 5 Tamil Films.They are -

1)Justice Gopinath (1978)
2) Naan Vazhavaippen (1979)   
3) Padikkadavan (1985) 
4) Vidhuthalai (1985)

4) Padayyappa (1999)

 Rajinikanth is paired with Sri Priya in 7 Tamil Films.They are -

1) Bhairavai (1977)
2) Thai Meethu Sathiyam (1978) 
3)  En Kelvikku Enna Bathil (1978)
4)  Allauddinum Arputha Vilakkum (1979) 
5) Anna Oru Alayam (1979)
6) Billa (1979)
7) Polladhavan (1980)     

 Rajinikanth is paired with Sri Devi in  9 Tamil Films.They are -

1)Gayathiri (1977)
2)  Vanakkatukutiya Kathaliye (1977)
3) Dharma Yuddham (1979)
4) Johnny (1980)
5) Pokkiri Raja (1981)
6) Thanikattu Raja (1981)
7) Ranuva Veeran (1981)
8) Adutha Varisu (1983)
9) Naan Adimai Illai (1985)

Rajinikanth's Next Film After 'Enthiran'

Rajinikanth is slated for appearance in 'Rana' a period film to be produced by his daughter and directed by Ravikumar

'Rana' film launch function


Rajinikanth's 'Kochadaiyaan'

The film is produced by British company Mediaone Global Entertainment Limited, and will be released worldwide by Eros International.
Team of 'Kochadaiyaan' recently held a press conference in London

Rajinikanth Sings for 'Kochadaiyaan'

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