Born: 12 December 1950
Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander’s Tamil drama Apoorva Raaganl (1975), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films.
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 the American film Bloodstone (1988). 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.
The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts. At the 45th International Film Festival of India (2014), he was conferred with the “Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year”
Rajinikanth began his film career through the Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal (1975).Balachander gave Rajinikanth a relatively small role as the abusive husband of Srividya. The film was controversial upon release, as it explored relationships between people with wide age differences. It received wide critical acclaim as it went on to win three National Film Awards including the award for the Best Tamil Feature at the following year ceremony. A review from The Hindu noted that: “Newcomer Rajinikanth is dignified and impressive”. He followed that with Katha Sangama (January 1975), an experimental film made by Puttanna Kanagal in the new wave style. The film was a portmanteau of three short stories which had Rajinikanth playing a small character in the last segment where he appears as a village ruffian who rapes a blind woman in the absence of her husband. His next release was Anthuleni Katha, a Telugu film directed by Balachander. In a remake of his own Tamil film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974), Balachander had Rajinikanth playing a pivotal role for the first time in his career in subsequent films, he continued to perform a series of negative roles mostly as a womaniser. In Moondru Mudichu — the first film to feature him in a prominent role — he plays a character that “blithely row[s] away” when his friend drowns accidentally in the lake only to fulfill his desire to marry the former’s girlfriend. His style of flipping the cigarette made him popular among the audience.
After a brief pause, Rajinikanth starred in Baba in 2002, for which he had also written the screenplay. Released with much fanfare and hype at the time, the film featured a story revolving around the reforming of a gangster, later revealed to be the reincarnation of the Hindu saint Mahavatar Babaji, and fights against political corruption. It fell short of market expectations and the high bids reportedly translated to heavy losses for the distributors. Rajinikanth himself repaid the losses incurred by the distributors. The film was received with comments such as “the bloom was off the rose” and that “the gold does not glitter any more”. Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader S. Ramadoss condemned him for smoking and posing with beedis in the film. He was criticized for spoiling the Tamil youth by glorifying smoking and drinking. PMK volunteers attacked the theatres which screened the film and usurped film rolls and burned them
Rajinikanth began supporting the Indian National Congress after meeting Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao. An opinion poll conducted by the magazine Kumudam predicted that Congress, with Rajinikanth’s support, might win up to 130 seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. In 1996, when the Congress Party decided to align with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) for the assembly election in Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth changed loyalties and supported the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) alliance. The TMC used a bicycle as their election symbol and used an image of Rajinikanth riding a bicycle from the film Annamalai in their posters. Rajinikanth said: “Even God cannot save Tamil Nadu if AIADMK returns to power.” Rajinikanth wholeheartedly supported the DMK and TMC alliance and asked the people of Tamil Nadu and his fans to vote for that alliance. This alliance had a complete victory in 1996. Rajinikanth also supported the DMK-TMC alliance in the parliamentary election, held the same year. Later in 2004, Rajinikanth said he would personally vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but would not extend his support to any front during the upcoming Indian general election. The party, however, failed to win any seats in Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha
Rajinikanth married Latha Rangachari, a student of Ethiraj College for Women who interviewed him for her college magazine.The marriage took place on 26 February 1981, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The couple has two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth. Latha runs a school named “The Ashram”.
Aishwarya married actor Dhanush on 18 November 2004 and they have two sons, Yathra and Linga.His younger daughter, Soundarya, works in the Tamil film industry as a director, producer and graphic designer. She married industrialist Ashwin Ramkumar on 3 September 2010 and have a son Ved Krishna.
Rajinikanth received negative criticisms and reactions after his statement on Thoothukudi massacre. He said “anti-social elements” in the crowd had to be “dealt with an iron hand”. Also, his anger reaction on Media was criticised,and these were brought outcry and negative criticisms in social medias
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