Superstar Rajinikanth who turned 66 today, called off his birthday celebrations as people mourn the loss of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Rajinikanth has even called off his birthday last year, as Chennai was affected by floods.
Coming from a rags to riches story, Rajinikanth is one of the most celebrated actors in the Country. Rajinikanth used to work as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service. He pursued an acting diploma from the Madras Film Institute in 1973. In the early days of his struggle, he played small antagonist roles in plays and small films. He made his debut in the Tamil film “Apoorva Raagangal” in the year 1975 in which he played the role of an abusive husband. Moving on, Rajinikanth got numerous opportunities to work in many films. Eventually, he appeared in Telugu and Tamil films and the rest is history.
Rajinikanth was paid a remuneration of approximately 26 crore rupees for his film “Sivaji” in 2007 making him the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at that point of time. Many of his films were super duper hits. Apart from being the superstar, he is also a philanthropist. Rajinikanth is also known for donating a major portion of his income to the poor and the needy. Last year when Chennai was hit with floods, Rajinikanth donated a sum of 10 crore rupees to the relief fund.
Whenever a Rajinikanth film failed to perform well at the box office, most of the times Rajinikanth paid back the losses to his producers. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan award in 2016 for his contributions to the arts and Indian cinema.
The superstar is currently busy shooting for his upcoming film “2.0” which is India’s first ever movie to be made on a whopping budget of approximately 400 crore rupees. The film is a sequel to “Enthiran.” “2.0” is directed by Shanker and produced by Subaskaran Allirajah under Lyca Productions house. Akshay Kumar is playing the antagonist and Amy Jackson is essaying the female lead.
We at thetelugufilmnagar.com wish Rajinikanth a blissful birthday. May god bless the star with health and prosperity.