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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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SA Chandrasekhar says Vijay had plans to enter politics before Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan

Vijay had plans to enter politics before Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan: SA Chandrasekhar

Filmmaker SA Chandrasekhar feels Vijay venturing into politics right now might make Tamil audience angry as recently his seniors, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, have also stepped into the field with their respective parties.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui is not a part of Rajinikanth-Karthik Subbaraj film

Rumours are abuzz that Nawazuddin Siddiqui is making his Kollywood debut in Karthik Subbaraj’s film with Superstar Rajinikanth. However, the Bollywood star’s team has denied the reports.

Tamil film industry unites against IPL tournament in Chennai

Tamil film industry unites against IPL tournament in Chennai

The latest season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is facing the heat amid ongoing agitations in the state. On Sunday, Superstar Rajinikanth backed the Opposition’s demand on the IPL.

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Rajinikanth on Cauvery row: I am confident Karnataka government will give security to my films

Cauvery row: Pro-Kannada activists have threatened not to allow the release of Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan films in theatres across Karnataka.

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Rajinikanth: Kamal Haasan is not my enemy

At the Nadigar Sangam protest in Chennai when Rajinikanth was asked to share his thoughts on Kamal Haasan’s comments, the 67-year-old superstar insisted that Kamal Haasan is not his enemy and he will not oppose him.

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Government not responding to protests over Sterlite Copper plant: Rajinikanth

“One can’t understand why the government, which gave the nod for the plant, is not taking any action and is just watching,” he said in a Tamil tweet.

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Lyca tweet hints at Kaala postponement

Earlier, when speculations were rife that the producers have decided to postpone Kaala release, Lyca was quick to rubbish it. The latest tweet from the production house strongly hints that the producers may have related their stand.

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Rajinikanth’s Kaala in trouble due to ongoing TPFC strike

The producers of Rajinikanth’s Kaala, however, are very determined to release the film in cinemas worldwide on April 27 as announced earlier.

Rajinkanth to TFPC President Vishal: Make sure workers from Tamil film industry are not affected

As the Tamil Film Producer Council shutdown enters the second week, President Vishal met with Rajinikanth to discuss the strike and its effects.


This rare book store in Chennai is a paradise for the bookworms and cinephiles

Meet Govindaraju, a book collector, whose stories and books pleasantly remind us of an era that we nostalgically yearn for. If you’re in Chennai and like books or cinema, his shop is a must-visit.

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Pankaj Tripathi: I signed Kaala only to meet Rajinikanth

Newton actor Pankaj Tripathi says he agreed to be a part of Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil movie Kaala just to meet and interact with the superstar. Tripathi says he’s glad that he got a chance to discuss cinema with Rajinikanth.

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Rajinikanth back in Chennai: God, people are behind me, not BJP

Answering on his close proximity to the BJP party and reportedly meeting its leaders during his spiritual tour, Rajinikanth said, “From the beginning, I have been told that the BJP is behind me. The one who is behind me is the God and the people. Okay?”

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Photos: Rajinikanth meets holy men at Swami Dayanand Ashram in Rishikesh

Rajinkanth is currently on a spiritual retreat in the Himalayas. After visiting Bajinath Temple in Himachal Pradesh and the Shivkori caves in Jammu and Kashmir, the actor is now at the Swami Dayanand Ashram in Rishikesh.


Rajinikanth reaches Himalayas, says won’t talk about politics on his pilgrimage

Superstar Rajinikanth left on Saturday to the Himalayas for a spiritual retreat. He has reached Reasi cave and also offered prayers at the Baijinath Temple.

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Superstar Rajinikanth leaves for the Himalayas

During these trips, Rajinikanth generally visits the cave where sage Mahavatar Babaji is said to have lived. He is also expected to spend time at a meditation centre.