New Delhi:The megastar of south Rajinikanth has turned 62 today. Popularly referred as "Superstar" or "thalaivar" (meaning leader in Tamil), Rajinikanth can be hailed as one of the greatest and most successful movie stars of Indian cinema. He has the power to glue the audience on their seats with his unique mannerisms and tremendous screen presence. Even at the age of 62 he is still one of the bankable stars of Indian cinema and carries a film single-handedly on his shoulder.
Born into a Marathi family, as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in the year 1950, Rajinikanth has become the cultural icon of Tamil Nadu. His onscreen mannerism and dialogue delivery played a pivotal role in his success.
Though Rajnikanth, one of the highest paid actors of Asia has proved his mettle in the world of showbiz, he did not have a smooth childhood. He had to struggle a lot during the early stages of his life due to the poor financial condition of his family. Even he had to work in Bangalore Transport Service as bus conductor.
The Sivaji star, Rajinikanth was given first break by director K. Balachander in the year 1975 and initially made appearance in various films as supporting artist.
Though in the initial days of his career Rajnikanth did few negative roles, the actor proved his acting mettle in challenging roles too, such as in Aarilirinthu Arubathu Varai and Mullum Malarum.
He has done a wide variety of roles in various Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi films. Among the major films in his career, Katha Sangama, Apporva Raagangal, Mullum Malarum and Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri deserves special mention. He became rage among youth with his unique dialogue delivery skills and inimitable style of doing action scenes. Rajnikanth is a jack of all trades as besides acting he has given voice in few songs, produced films and wrote screen play. He is also the highest paid actor in Asia having received an amount of 26 crores for his latest blockbuster 'Sivaj. The Boss' his symbolic style of flipping cigarette in air and catching it with lips stands him out from any other hero. His unique mannerism is followed by most of his supporters who worships him as God.
Besides receiving various felicitations, he has also received the prestigious 'Padma Bhushan' the third highest civilian award for his immense contribution to Indian cinema. Besides Tamil movie, he gave brilliant performance in few Hindi movies. 'Andha Kanoon' which was released in 1983 was a blockbuster. In 1988, Rajini made his only English film appearance in 'Bloodstone', directed by Dwight Little.
|1. Endhiran (2010)
A. R. Rahman
|2. Sivaji (2007)||Shankar||
A. R. Rahman
|3. Chandramukhi (2005)||
|4. Padayappa (1999)||
|A. R. Rahman|
|5. Billa- Remake of Bollywood 'Don'(1980)||R. Krishnamurthy||
It has been reported that the first biography of the actor will be launched by Penguin Books on 12 December 2012, coinciding with his 62nd birthday.
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have also graced Rajnikanth’s birthday. A facebook game called ‘Find Rajni’ has created online buzz. In this game, an evil joker Ravanan has kidnapped superstar and only Rajni’s legion of friends can save him.
With temples after his name and a fan-following across the globe, it's no surprise that Rajinikanth has achieved a god-like status. Hope this powerhouse of talent, Rajinikanth continues to woo his audiences with his ‘mind-it’ attitude and unique mannerism. Jagran post team wishes the dynamic star a happy and hearty birthday.