Indian film industry has superstars and then there is Rajinikanth, whose name alone is enough to make moviegoers buy tickets in large numbers. He enjoys the semi-divine status in the minds and hearts of millions of his fans worldwide. Born on 12 December 1950, Rajinikanth's real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. He was a bus conductor in Bengaluru, when he decided to move to Chennai (then Madras) to pursue his interest in acting. But little did he know that one day he would emerge as the biggest movie star the country as ever produced. He first appeared in a small role in 1975 film Apoorva Raagangal, directed by his mentor K Balachander. And he continued to play supporting roles, antagonist and second lead in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies until he debuted as a hero with 1978 film Bairavi and the rest is history. The actor, who first appeared in a black and white film five decades ago, has been setting trends in embracing path-breaking technologies in filmmaking. He was the first Indian actor to star in the animated film, Kochadaiyaan, which was shot using motion capture technology. Rajinikanth is married to Latha Rajinikanth and has two daughters -- Aishwarya and Soundarya.
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After Kaala, Rajinikanth to quit films to pursue his political dreams?

Kaala, which is directed by Pa Ranjith and produced by Dhanush, is said to be Rajinikanth’s last film.

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BJP President Amit Shah coy on party courting superstar Rajinikanth

Speculation is rife that the BJP is trying to rope in the actor, who has a large fan following, to make inroads in Tamil Nadu.

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Kamal Haasan on Rajinikanth’s entry into politics: No one should enter politics

After news of Rajinikanth entering politics went viral, Kamal Haasan says this is not the right time for sure.

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Rajinikanth’s Kaala Karikaalan first look: Thalaivar is the God of all that he surveys. See photo

The first look of superstar Rajinikanth’s film Kaala Karikaalan produced by Dhanush is here, and fan can’t keep calm. The film will be helmed by Kabali director Pa Ranjith.

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Shatrughan Sinha offers to guide Rajinikanth in politics

Shatrughan Sinha supported Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s move to join politics.

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Rajinikanth’s Kaala Karikaalan: Dhanush announces Thalaivar 164 first look out today

Dhanush’s next project as a producer is with superstar Rajinikanth, and it is titled Kaala Karikaalan. The first look of this Pa. Ranjith film is also set to be revealed on Thursday evening.

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Rajinikanth film Kaala Karikaalan poster: Dhanush reveals first look of Thalaivar’s gangster drama, see photos

Rajinikanth’s next film after Kabali has now got its title. Thalaivar 164 has been titled Kaala Karikaalan and will have Rajinikanth playing a don living in Mumbai. Kaala became a top trend in India within minutes of the film’s title being announced.

As Rajinikanth effigies burn in Tamil Nadu, fans retaliate

Rajinikanth’s last week’s appeal to his fans to ‘prepare for a war’ has made clear of his political intentions.

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Will Rajini, or won’t he

Space has opened up in Tamil Nadu politics for an alternative to the DMK and AIADMK. But screen popularity may not be sufficient for Rajinikanth

Only Rajinikanth can do this, he is called Thalaivar for a reason

Rajinikanth met his fans, took pictures with them and dropped a big hint about his much-awaited political entry.

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Rajinikanth is welcome to BJP but has to enter politics first: Amit Shah

Shah said in order to accept a person into a party, the person has to decide to come to politics first.

AR Rahman at Cannes 2017: Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiyaan could’ve been Baahubali

AR Rahman’s recent comments on Baahubali is akin to Kamal Haasan’s opinion on the success of the film.

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Rajinikanth’s next move could be meeting PM Modi

The BJP would ideally hope to form a wider alliance in Tamil Nadu with both factions of the AIADMK and possibly Rajinikanth too on board.

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2.0 actor Amy Jackson: Rajinikanth sir is so calm, I’m like this little girl in front of him

Actor Amy Jackson says working with superstar Rajinikanth in 2.0 is a huge milestone in her career.

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O Panneerselvam clarifies on speculation of alliance with BJP

Panneerselvam met prime minister Narendra Modi to discuss the political developments in the state.