Rajnikanth is an Indan Actor who primarily appears in Tamil Cinema and is famous in other languages with the dubbed versions. Born as Sivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth has become the biggest Superstars of the Indian Cinema and personification of heroism from a mere Bus Conductor. His life story has been accommodated in CBSE Syllabus titled “From Bus Conductor to Superstar”.
From a man of humble beginnings to the biggest celebrity on the Indian Silver screen, Rajinikanth has traversed many a rough and smooth terrain. His life history has been a painful rags-to-riches story. The actor’s transition from a Marathi-speaking Shivaji Rao Gaekwad who turned Bus Conductor Bangalore to the biggest Superstar of Tamil Cinema with an unmatched and undiminished popularity is nothing short of wonderment. Rajnikanth is born to a Marathi-speaking family, who migrated to Karnataka and his father was Constable in the Police Department.
Rajnikanth started doing odd jobs to support his family before getting the job as a Conductor. Being highly influenced by the reigning of Tamil Cinema, MGR, and Sivaji Ganeshan, he developed a strong inclination towards acting. While he was working as a conductor, Rajinikanth was the main attraction to the passengers, his style and mannerisms made them his fans. Rajnikanth was introduced to the Cinema by the thespian K Balachander with Apoorva Rangangal (1975) in which Rajinikanth played the negative role while Kamal Haasan played the hero.
Despite playing the baddie, Rajnikanth mesmerized the fans with his inimitable style and offers continued to flood, but has to adjust with minor or negative roles for the next couple of years. The year 1980 has been the turning point to the superstar’s career as his super hit movie Billa which was a remake to Amitabh Bachan’s 1978 classic Don has laid the foundation to the impending stardom of the India’s highly influential actor. With the phenomenal success of the movie, there was no looking back for Rajinikanth.
The entire 80s and 90s has seen a tumultuous success in his career. The vivacity spread beyond the Tamil Cinema and his recognition the borders. His movies are released amidst a great fanfare huge celebration. Fans wait in anticipation for his styles like flipping the cigarette, the walk, the dance and his punchlines have become a rage among the audience. As on 2007, Rajinikanth has been the 2nd highest paid Asian after Jackie Chan. Rajinikanth has been married to Latha and has two daughters, Aishwarya, and Soundarya. His elder daughter Soundarya has been married to the Tamil actor Dhanush.