Rajinikanth

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Rajinikanth is one of the most iconic Indian actor, media personality, and cultural icon, who is also known for his screen writing and productions. Born in Bangalore, and employed as a bus conductor, his interest in acting motivated him to join the Madras Film Institute. He made his debut as an actor, in the National Film Award winning Tamil film, Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K Balachander, whom the actor considers his mentor. Initially, he portrayed characters with a negative streak, before his talent to play the hero was recognized and he captured his place as the leading man. His immense stage presence, comedic timing, stylish good looks, unique dialogue delivery and acting ability have endeared him so much in the hearts of people that he is worshiped with God-like devotion. For more than four decades, Rajinikanth has acted in numerous box-office hits in all major Indian languages; Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri (1977), Mullum Malarum (1978), Billa (1980), Enkeyo Ketta Kural (1982), Nallavanuku Nallavan (1984), Bloodstone (1988), Thalapathi (1991), Annamalai (1992), Baashha (1994), Muthu (1995), Padayappa(1999), Chandramukhi (2005), Sivaji (2007); many of which has won him several awards and accolades. With a fan following running into millions, he is well-known in most countries apart from India, predominantly in Japan and the United States of America. Despite all the fame and fortune, he is known for his simplicity, humility and compassion.

Born on: 12 December, 1950

Born in: Bangalore, Karnataka

Height: 5' 8''

Nickname(s): Shivaji Rao Gaikwad, Thalaivaa

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Relationships:
Son-in-law: Dhanush
Daughter: Soundarya Rajinikanth
Daughter: Aishwarya R Dhanush
Trivia:
The routes Rajini worked on as a bus conductor were 10 and 10 A from Srinagara to Majestic in Bangalore.

One of the oldest friends Rajinikanth has is Raj Badhar, a retired bus driver who used to work with the Superstar during his days as a bus conductor.

K Balachander, who gave Rajini his first acting break, christened him Rajinikanth because there could be only one 'Sivaji' (Rajini's original name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad) in the south Indian film industry, and that was the senior actor Sivaji Ganesan. The name literally means 'color of night', it was a comment on the colour of Shivaji Rao's skin.

Rajinikanth, who hadn't celebrated his birthday in Chennai in almost 20 years, made an exception in 2012. He agreed to participate in an event organised by his fans, and opened up about his reasons for spending his birthday out of the city. Turns out, 22 years ago, three of his fans died in an accident on their way back from his birthday celebrations in Chennai.

Famous for flipping a cigarette and catching it in his lips in many of his blockbuster films, Rajinikanth quit smoking and urged his fans to do so too after he suffered from smoking-related health issues.

Rajinikanth's devoted and highly enterprising wife Latha Rangachari is said to be behind the carefully built brand Rajini.

Rajinikanth never attends any public screenings of his films.