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Rajini Kanth
Rajini Kanth
Real Name: Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Screen Name: Rajnikanth
Nick Names: Superstar
Profession: Actor
Born: 12 Dec, 1950
Star/Rasi: Sirvana/Magaram
Mother Tongue: Marathi
Birth Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 70 Kg
Education: * Early education in Acharya Patasala and later in Raamakrishna Mission, Bangalore(PUC discontinued)
* Studied in the Film Institute

Father: Ramoji Rao
Mother: Rambhai
Sister: Shrimathi Aswathamma
Brothers: Sathya Narayana Rao & Nageshwara Rao
Wife: Latha
Daughters: Aishwarya & Sowandarya
Son-in-law: Dhanush
Marriage Date: 26.02.1981
Earlier worked as: Carpenter, Bus Conductor
Guru: K.Balachander
Spiritual Guru: Satchithananda Swamiji
Ardent Devotee of: Shri Raghavendra
Politics: Played a major part in putting together an alliance between the DMK and TMC which won the 1996 Tamil nadu elections
Admires: Lee Kwan Yew(Former Singapore prime minister)

Colour: Black
City: Chennai
Place: Himalayas
Food: Non-Vegetarian items
Dress: White Khurtha
Hollywood Actor: Sylvester Stallone
Indian Actor: Kamal Hassan
Actress: Rekha (Hindi)
Role: Romantic Roles
Musician: Illayaraja
Films: Hollywood Films
Books: Books written by Shri Ramana Maharishi
Novel: Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan & T. Janakiraman's Amma Vanthal
Writer: Jayagandhan
Poet: Kannadasan
Cherishes: Appreciation Letter from K.Balachander for the film "Mullum Malarum"

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Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born on 12 December 1949),† professionally known by his stage name Rajinikanth (Tamil: ரஜினிகாந்த்; Kannada: ರಜನೀಕಾಂತ್; Marathi: रजनीकांत), is an Indian† film actor and media personality. He received India's third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema.† He is best known for his mass popularity and appeal, largely drawn from his mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue in films. Other than acting, Rajinikanth worked as a screenwriter, film producer, and also a playback singer. Apart from his film career, he is a philanthropist and serves as an influence in the politics of Tamil Nadu.

Rajinikanth made his debut as an actor in 1975 in the Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K. Balachander. He was later favoured in Tamil cinema for portraying antagonistic characters and gradually rose to acting in lead roles. After the release of his 1978 Tamil film Bairavi, he became known as the "superstar" of Tamil cinema, a title given to him by film producer S. Thanu and still used by many people to refer to him. He has also appeared in the films of other nations, including American cinema. He is paid Rs 10-15 crore per film, making him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.

Rajanikant left his job as bus conductor for Bangalore Transport Service (BTS, now known as BMTC) and joined the Madras Film Institute in 1974. Rajinikanth made his debut into movies through Apoorva Raagangal and later entered Bollywood with Andha Kanoon. He appeared in several Hindi films, such as Chaalbaaz, Uttar Dakshan, Gangvaa, Jeet Hamaari, Asli Naqli, John Jani Janardhan, Meri Adaalat, Giraftaar, Hum, Farishtay, Tyagi and many more. He starred in the 1988 American film Bloodstone, which released with much fanfare in India but was unsuccessful in the United States. His 1995 film Muthu was dubbed into Japanese while his 2005 film Chandramukhi was dubbed in German and released in all German-speaking nations. He has acted in about 101 movies in Tamil, 17 in Telugu, 11 in Kannada, 2 in Malayalam, 1 each in Bengali and English, and 24 in Hindi (apart from a few movies where he did guest appearances in Hindi).

Rajinikanth's first film was Apoorva Raagangal, a film directed by K. Balachander.[citation needed]. Though Rajinikanth refers to director K. Balachander as his guru or mentor, it was director S. P. Muthuraman who actually revamped Rajinikanth√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs image entirely.[citation needed] Muthuraman first experimented with him in a positive role in Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977), as a villain in the first half of the film and a protagonist in the second. Around this time Mullum Malarum (1978), directed by J. Mahendran, established Rajinikanth in the Tamil film arena as a film hero. The success of Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri prompted Muthuraman to make a mushy melodrama with Rajinikanth as a hero sacrificing everything for his siblings in Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai (1979). These films were the turning points in Rajinikanth√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs career;he changed from an actor who merely enthralled the audiences to one who could also evoke emotions. The acceptance of Rajinikanth sans his stylized mannerisms proved he had at last become a "star". His film roles were mainly as a villain during the period 1975 to 1977, co-starring frequently with Kamal Haasan as the protagonist, in movies like 16 Vayadhinilae, Moondru Mudichu and Avargal. In 1978, Rajinikanth acted in the film Bairavi.

His first major role as a solo hero was in Chilakamma Cheppindi, a Telugu film. Later he performed as lead hero in the Tamil film Bairavi. He still appeared in several films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. In Telugu he acted in movies like Anthuleni Katha, Chilakamma Cheppindi, Amma Evarikkaina Amma, Vayasu Pilichindi, Mayadari Krishnudu, Iddaru Asadhyule and many more. In Kannada he was appreciated in movies like Sahodarara Savaal, Galate Samsara, Kiladi Kittu and Kumkuma Rakshe. In Anthuleni Katha, a Telugu remake of Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, he enacted the role of a drunkard brother of Jayaprada, which made him popular among Telugu audiences. In fact, Anthuleni Katha was the first movie in which he appeared in a major role. Previously, in Apoorva Raagangal and Katha Sangama he had performed very small roles. At that time he was the busiest actor in India; he would complete shooting at Chennai at noon and fly to Hyderabad, where he would complete shooting by evening, then fly to Bangalore and finish the shooting by night and again fly to Chennai. At this point in his career, Rajinikanth abruptly chose to quit acting, but was coaxed back. He continued acting with the blockbuster Tamil film Billa, which was a remake of the blockbuster Bollywood movie Don. With its phenomenal success he was accepted as a full-fledged hero. Billa was followed by a row of hits, namely Murattu Kaalai, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla, Pudukavithai and Moondru Mugam. K. Balachander√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs first home production, Netrikan, proved to be yet another milestone in Rajni√Ę‚‚¨‚„Ęs career. He acted in his first cameo role alongside Meena Durairaj, who was a child actor then, in the movie Anbulla Rajinikanth (1984). More box-office hits dominated the 80s, including Padikkathavan, Thee, Velaikaran, Dharmathin Thalaivan, Mr. Bharath, and Maaveeran In his 100th movie, Sri Raghavendra, he played the Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami.

His movies released during the nineties included Thalapathy, Mannan, Annamalai, Uzhaippali, Veera, Baasha, Muthu, Arunachalam and Padayappa. Rajinikanth wrote his first screenplay and acted as a special appearance in the film Valli (1993). His film Baasha was released in 1995. His film Muthu was the first Tamil film to be dubbed into Japanese (as Muthu: The Dancing Maharajah) and became popular in Japan.Padayappa's release in 1999. Padayappa was directed by K. S. Ravikumar.

After more than a three-year sabbatical from cinema, at 52 years of age, he starred in his home production, Baba, which released on 15 August 2002. The screenplay revolved around a story about a gangster who later engages in spirituality. It fell short of market expectations and the high bids reportedly translated to heavy losses for the distributors, which Rajinikanth repaid.

Rajinikanth chose to act in director P. Vasu's Tamil remake of the Kannada movie Apthamitra, titled Chandramukhi. It was released on 14 April 2005, and went on to create new box office records, such as being the longest running Tamil film as of 2007 Just after Chandramukhi's release, it was reported that AVM Productions were to produce a film directed by S. Shankar starring Rajinikanth. The film was titled Sivaji: The Boss and released on 15 June 2007; it went on to become ranked among other major Bollywood and Hollywood releases of the year. Sivaji charted as one of the top-ten best films of United Kingdom and South Africa box offices upon release.

Following Sivaji, Rajinikanth worked with P. Vasu again for Kuselan, a remake of the Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol, in which Rajinikanth played a cameo role as himself, a star in the Indian film industry, and as a best friend to the main character. Some distributors incurred major losses due to the film, which Rajinikanth voluntarily settled with his own budget

During the course of the production for Sivaji, Ocher Studios, the animation company of Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth, in association with Adlabs announced their intention of producing a CGI animation film starring an animated version of Rajinikanth. He will be lending his voice to the lead character in the project, titled Sultan: The Warrior; it will be directed by his daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth, with music provided by A. R. Rahman. Rajinikanth has also been signed to work with the Sivaji team of S. Shankar and A. R. Rahman for the high-budget science-fiction film, Endhiran. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will play opposite Rajinikanth as heroine for the first time.

A. R. Murugadoss had previously shown interest in directing Rajinikanth in his next feature film after Ghajini. Rajinikanth has stated that he is interested in starring in Pyramid Saimira's next production, in order to compensate for Kuselan. Rajinikanth announced that he will no longer be acting in "youth roles" after Endhiran and will begin to act in roles which will be closer to his real age.

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