Top 10 unknown and interesting facts about Rajinikanth

Here are few lesser-known facts about thalaiva Rajinikanth

The Superstar has never been defeated by age, illness, or loss. Rajinikanth has always rebounded, proving why he is the guy, the actor, and the hero who is adored by everyone. Thalaiva, as he is now affectionately known, has dominated the Tamil film industry for decades, having marked his 45 year of success. He has appeared in over 170 films and has been a role model for millions of people all over the world. He is unable to attend any public showings of his film. Through the song “Lungi Dance” in Chennai Express, Shah Rukh paid tribute to Rajinikanth. Few lesser-known facts about thalaiva are as follows:

1. Onscreen debut

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In 1975, Rajinikanth marked his acting debut in director K Balachander’s Apoorva Raagangal. The film, which also featured Kamal Haasan and Srividya, was released on August 15, 1975.

  2. Real name

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Rajinikanth’s actual name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. He was named after the valiant Maratha warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji. He grew up speaking both Marathi and Kannada.

3. Humble background

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Rajinikanth was born into a poor family. Rajinikanth worked as a coolie, carpenter, and bus conductor, until   he entered the film industry.

4. Started out as  villain

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The actor’s first two years in the industry were spent playing negative roles such as an abusive husband, a rapist, a lecher, a pornographer, and an adulterer, but it wasn’t until 1977 that he got his first positive role in the film Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri, which is still considered a classic.

5. Tamil remakes

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Rajinikanth has appeared in eleven Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan films, including Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Laawaris, and Don, all of which were box office smashes.

6. Second highest paid actor

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He is Asia’s second highest earning actor after Jackie Chan, with a whopping pay of Rs 26 crore for his hit film Shivaji in 2007.

 7. Birthday Celebration

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Every year on his birthday, his fan clubs conduct donation drives, eye drives, and food distributions for the needy. Rajinikanth is a devout Hindu who believes strongly in spirituality.

 8. Trip to the Himalayas

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Rajinikanth travels to the Himalayas in quest of peace and tranquilly after each film’s release. He travels to the place to find peace and contentment in the ashrams, every time he finishes a film and before starting his next one.

9. Discovered market in Japan

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Rajinikanth is credited with being the first Indian actor to break into the Japanese market. Fans in Japan responded enthusiastically to ‘Muthu.’ Rajinikanth’s popularity in Japan grew due to the film, directed by KS Ravikumar. It’s also important to note that a dedicated Rajini fan travelled from Japan to see his gangbanger drama ‘Kabali’ in Chennai.

10.  Enthiran

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In 2010, Enthiran was the only Tamil film to be included in IMDb’s Top 50 films from all over the world list. In an IIM-A postgraduate elective course called Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective, Enthiran was used as a case study.

For his distinguished film career, he has earned several awards and accolades, including Film Fare, Tamil Nadu State Awards and National Awards, as well as India’s highest citizen awards. Rajinikanth has hinted at his political aspirations on many occasions, and several political parties have attempted to entice him. The heroism of the south’s super star has yet to be seen on the political battleground.

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