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.

Rajinikanth News

Rajinikanth backs 'One Country, One Language', but says implementation tough in India 

On Hindi Diwas, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had hinted at making Hindi a common language across the country last week.

Darbar second look: Rajinikanth looks fierce in the latest poster

Superstar Rajnikanth's second look from Darbar is out. Here, Rajinikanth is seen pressing against an iron bar with a fierce expression. Directed by A Murugadoss, the film releases on Pongal 2020.


Baby Manasvi roped in for Rajnikanth’s Darbar?

Darbar will feature Rajinikanth as a cop on screen after a gap of 25 years. The film will mark the maiden collaboration between Murugadoss and Rajinikanth. The director will also be teaming up with Nayanthara after a gap of fourteen years.

'Read Mahabharat properly': Congress to Rajinikanth for likening Modi, Shah to Krishna, Arjuna

A day after Rajinikanth appreciated Amit Shah for scrapping Article 370 and compared PM Modi and him to "Krishna and Arjuna", Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President said he did not expect such a reaction from him adding he was surprised by it.

Rajinikanth joke in Comali trailer makes Kamal Haasan unhappy

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan lodged his protest with Comali producer Ishari K Ganesh.

Rajinikanth looks dashing in new Darbar stills

Darbar new photos: Director AR Murugadoss released fresh stills of Rajinikanth, while also asking fans to design the film's poster.


Mohanlal is the most natural actor in India: Rajinikanth

During the audio launch of Kaappaan, Superstar Rajinikanth referred to Mohanlal as the “most natural actor in India”, adding he is “a gift to Kaappaan”.

Soundarya remembers Rajinikanth's return to Chennai after treatment in Singapore

Soundarya Rajnikanth on Saturday remembered her father's return to Chennai after recuperating from a kidney ailment in Singapore. Rajinikanth was discharged on June 11, 2011 and continued to recuperate. He then returned to Chennai on July 13.

2019: How Tamil films have fared so far

In the first half of 2019, only three ‘big films’ were smashing hits - Ajith’s Viswasam, Rajinikanth’s Petta and Raghava Lawrence’s Kanchana 3.

From lake clean-up to providing water, Rajinikanth’s fan clubs do their bit for parched Chennai

In Tamil Nadu, fan clubs have always been the vehicle through which a star communicates with their followers. When fan clubs are active, politics cannot be far behind

Rajinikanth Photos

44 years of Rajinikanth in the industry: A look at Thalaivar's career

Rajinikanth, lovingly called Thalaivar, completes 44 years in the film industry today. Here is a pictorial look at the superstar's career.

Rajinikanth, Nayanthara shoot for Darbar in Mumbai

Rajinikanth and Nayanthara are busy shooting for AR Murugadoss film Darbar in Mumbai. The film marks the superstar's first collaboration with the director.


Celeb spotting: Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Rajinikanth and others

While Rajinikanth is shooting for his upcoming film Darbar in Bandra, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and others were clicked in the city.

Celeb spotting: Sunny Leone, Rajinikanth, Surveen Chawla and others

Rajinikanth, Sunny Leone, Arjun Rampal, Surveen Chawla, Taimur Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ishaan Khattar and a few others were clicked by our photographers today.

Superstar Rajinikanth starts Darbar shoot in Mumbai

Superstar Rajinikanth along with director AR Murugadoss participated in a pooja marking the beginning of the shoot of their upcoming film Darbar. The shoot will begin from today in Mumbai.

Celeb spotting: Rajinikanth, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor and others

While Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan are busy promoting Kalank, Rajinikanth, Kartik Aaryan and others were spotted in Mumbai.


Mukesh Ambani, Kajol and Boney Kapoor attend Soundarya Rajnikanth's reception

Soundarya Rajnikanth tied the knot with Vishagan Vanangamudi on February 11 in Chennai. After the wedding, the couple hosted a reception in the evening

Kamal Haasan, Kajol and others attend Soundarya Rajnikanth's wedding

Kamal Haasan, Anirudh Ravichander, Pa Ranjith and Vairamuthu among others attend Soundarya Rajnikanth and Vishagan Vanangamudi's wedding held on February 11 in Chennai

Petta: Rajinikanth fever takes over Chennai

Rajinikanth starrer Petta has hit the theaters today. The film also starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Sasikumar, Simran, Trisha and others has opened to a positive response from the audience and fans are celebrating the release of the film

Here's how Rajinikanth, Mahesh Babu, Samantha Akkineni and others celebrated Christmas

From Rajinikanth to Samantha Akkineni, celebrities down South celebrated Christmas with their loved ones. The actors shared photos on their respective social media accounts.

Rajinikanth Videos

2.0: Audience Review

Rajinikanth is back reprising his roles of doctor Vaseegaran and Chitti in 2.0, the sequel to 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. Directed by Shankar, the movie also stars Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in the role of Crow Man.

5 reasons to watch 2.0

Rajinikanth is back as Dr Vaseegaran and Chitti in 2.0. The sequel to 2010 blockbuster Enthiran also has Akshay Kumar making his south cinema debut. The Shankar directorial is already making news for its high-end VFX and larger than life canvas.


Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 Is History In Making

2.0 is director Shankar’s most-ambitious film and is the sequel to 2010 blockbuster movie Enthiran. The film stars Rajinikanth, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, actress Amy Jackson in lead roles. Lyca Productions have sold the Telugu theatrical rights in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for a record price. To know more about the story watch out the […]

Rajinikanth Is Very Humble And Down-To-Earth: Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson is certainly going places. Just a few years old in the Indian film industry, the British actress has now landed a role opposite none other than Rajinikanth in Shankar’s pet project, Robot 2.0 (Robot’s sequel) that will also see Akshay Kumar playing the villain. Amy, who has started filming her portions with Rajinikanth, […]