Superstar Rajinikanth, who is considered as a God especially when it come to his huge fan following down south, completes 40 years in the film industry today. Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is working with the living legend in ‘Lingaa’, also joined in celebrations held on their film’s sets in Chennai.
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) August 19, 2014
The actor’s ‘Lingaa’ team also congratulated him on completing his 40 year long journey.
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Rajinikanth (Thaliavaa) made his debut in Tamil cinema with ‘Apoorva Raagangal’ in 1975, where he played a supporting role of an abusive husband opposite Srividya. However, it was well received and went on to win three National Awards. The following year he forayed into Kannada films with ‘Katha Sangama’, directed by Puttanna Kanagal.
Some of his hits in the 80’s included ‘Padikkathavan’, ‘Thee’, ‘Velaikaran’, ‘Dharmathin Thalaivan’, ‘Mr. Bharath’, and ‘Maaveeran’. His 100th film ‘Sri Raghavendra’ saw him playing the Hindu Saint Raghavendra Swami.
Towards the end of the 80s, Rajinikanth had gained immense popularity down south. He suddenly decided to take a break and quit acting, but was coaxed back. He made a comeback with ‘Billa’, which was remake of Bollywood film, ‘Don’. His double role made the film a huge commercial success.
In 1983, Rajinikanth made his Bollywood debut with ‘Andha Kanoon’ along with Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The film was well received and went on to become the highest-grossing film at that time. Since their first film together, Rajinikanth and Amitabh Bachchan have shared a great friendship and worked together in Hindi films such as ‘Geraftaar’ and ‘Hum’.
During the 90’s, Rajinikanth had the most number of successful releases – ‘Thalapathy’, ‘Mannan’, ‘Annamalai’, ‘Uzhaippali’, ‘Veera’, ‘Baasha’, ‘Muthu’, ‘Arunachalam’ and ‘Padayappa’.
Another big blockbuster was ‘Sivaji: The Boss’, which released on June 15, 2007 after two whole years of filming and production.
In 2010, Rajinikanth teamed up with director Shankar once again for techno thriller ‘Enthiran’ which also starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa. The film was said to be the most expensive Indian film ever made and became the highest-grossing film in the country at the time.
Rajinikanth’s last release ‘Kochadaiiyaan’, was announced in November 2011. Directed by the superstar’s daughter Soundarya, the film was said to be the first of it’s kind in the country and expectations were sky-high. However, after quite a few postponements, the film finally released and was a moderate success.
When it comes to award and accolades, Rajinikanth has won more than his fair share. He has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards – four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor – and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. He is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour.