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Actor Nick Name: Rajinikanth

Actor Brith Name: Shivaji Gaekwad

Date of birth: 12th December 1949

Rajinikanth was born on December 12 1949 in Karnataka, India. He was the fourth child to his parents, Jija bai and Ramoji Rao Gaekwad. His original name was Sivaji Rao Gaekwad. He lost his mother at the age of five.

He had his schooling at the Acharya Patasala in Bangalore and then at the Vivekananda Balak Sangh, a unit of the Ramakrishna Mission. His mother tongue is Marathi. Before starting his career in the film industry, he had to take up all sorts of odd jobs.

He served as a bus conductor for Karnataka state transport corporation in Bangalore. It was during this time that he nurtured his acting interests by performing in various stage plays. A friend helped him to join the Madras Film institute where Rajinikanth completed basic acting course in 1974 at the age of 25.

He started his acting career in Kannada in the movie Kathaa Sangama, directed by Puttanna Kanagal, in 1976.

In Tamil, he started with playing supporting roles, beginning as a cancer patient in Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander, who assigned him his stage name Rajinikanth. After several villainous roles, his first positive role was Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1979), in which Rajinikanth played a failed lover in the first half and a do-Rajinikanth gooder in the second.

After several films in the Eighties, he played a Hindu saint in his 100th movie, Sri Raghavendra. Many others followed, among them dramas, comedies (notably Thillu Mullu, a remake of Amol Palekar’s Golmaal) and, at the end of the eighties, action-oriented family entertainers like Velaikkaran and Manidhan.Annamalai, which released in 1992, was the first Rajini film to gross almost Rs. 100 million at the box office.

Rajinikanth was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in the year 2000 and was rated as one of the most influential persons in South Asia by Asia week. Rajinikanth has won the Filmfare Best Actor Award, South on 2 occasions.

He is the highest paid actor in India and the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan Rajinikanth was requested by his fans for many years to stand in the State election of Tamil Nadu, but has consistently resisted entering politics directly. But he did some indirect attempts in politics by announcing support to a Political Party in Tamil Nadu.

Chandr amukhi, a remake of the Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu. Chandramukhi was claimed as one of the most successful Tamil films ever as it ran in theatres for more than 800 days. His next film, Sivaji: The Boss, directed by S. Shankar will be released in 2007.

After working with Shankar in Sivaji, His next film, Endhiran: directed by S. Shankar

Apart from Tamil, Rajinikanth has acted in over 160 movies, including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali. He has also acted in a Hollywood movie Bloodstone in 1988.

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