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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2.0 box office collection Day 14: Rajinikanth starrer continues its glorious run

2.0 box office collection Day 14: The Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer continues to break records at the box office.

Shankar wants Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan or Vijay for Mudhalvan 2

Shankar recently took part in Shruti Haasan's talk show Hello Sago where he revealed his top choices for Mudhalvan 2, if and when it happens.

Happy birthday, Rajinikanth: 10 facts on the superstar to share with kids

The actor began his career with a Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal (1975). The film went on to win three national awards.

Petta movie teaser: Rajinikanth film promises out-and-out fun

Petta movie teaser: The teaser of Petta was released on the occasion of Superstar Rajinikanth's 68th birthday. Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, the movie also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Simran and Trisha among others.


Rajinikanth deserves all the love he gets: SP Muthuraman

As Rajinikanth turns 68, we speak to legendary filmmaker SP Muthuraman, who has directed the Superstar in 25 films.

Happy birthday, Thalaivar: The mythic legend of Rajinikanth

Happy birthday Rajinikanth: From a bus conductor to near-God status (not to forget, an Internet meme), Rajinikanth has evolved in ways that makes his story almost mythological. Is he even for real?

BJP is losing its influence, says Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth, who is often believed to have an affiliation towards BJP hinted that Modi is more powerful than the opposition. “If 10 people (the union of opposition parties formed ahead of Lok Sabha elections) gang up against a single person, (Modi) who is stronger?” Rajinikanth said.

2.0 box office collection Day 12: Rajinikanth’s film remains unaffected by new releases

2.0 box office collection Day 12: Apart from minting money, 2.0 has broken several records. The Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer recently crossed the Rs 600 crore mark worldwide.

Rajinikanth film 2.0 crosses Rs 600 crore mark

Rajinikanth film 2.0 earns Rs 620 crore worldwide, breaks records held by Sanju and Padmaavat.

‘Petta will be a Pongal treat for all Rajinikanth fans’

Here are the highlights from the Petta audio launch that happened on Sunday evening in Chennai.

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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.