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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Kaala: The dark knight

Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ is a political film that mirrors the social and economic questions of our time.

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Happy Father’s Day: Prithviraj Sukumaran, Nivin Pauly and Soundarya Rajinikanth share heartfelt wishes

While Soundarya Rajinikanth shared a throwback photo of superstar Rajinikanth and tagged him as “the greatest man”, Malayalam actor Prithviraj Sukumaran wrote an emotional note about how his father left him with a feeling of “Wish I knew”.

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Kaala: Rajinikanth thanks God for the film’s box office performance

Kaala actor Rajinikanth expressed his happiness with the performance of Kaala in cinemas across the world. The worldwide box office performance of Kaala is below Rajinikanth’s last year blockbuster Kabali.

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Kaala: Four Rajinikanth stereotypes busted by Pa Ranjith

Rajinikanth starrer Kaala: From the representation of slum dwellers and their everyday problems to highlighting aspirations and thinking of today’s women, Pa Ranjith has made a remarkable statement.

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Kaala actor Easwari Rao: Pa Ranjith has shown that a heroine can be over 40

After her astounding performance opposite Superstar Rajinikanth in Pa Ranjith’s Kaala, Easwari Rao opens up about her cinematic choices and her role in the film.

Kaala to release tomorrow: Politics involved in Rajinikanths film

Rajinikanth’s Kaala is Pa Ranjith’s redemption for Kabali

Learning from his previous film, Ranjith has made several different choices and changes to his narrative techniques to do justice to Rajinikanth’s larger-than-life image and the commercial aspects that come with it.

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Kaala director Pa Ranjith: Since I am vocal about Dalit people, every act is interpreted through a caste lens

In his short career, Kaala director Pa Ranjith has been lauded as well as reviled for his perspective on caste.

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Here’s how much Rajinikanth’s Kaala lost in Karnataka due to the unofficial ban

While Rajinikanth’s Kaala released amid much fanfare in other parts of the world, the screening in Karnataka was marred by problems created by pro-Kannada groups. The film managed to collect just Rs 30 lakh on day one in Karnataka.

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Kaala actor Pankaj Tripathi: There is some magic that Rajinikanth emits which attracts the audience

Pankaj Tripathi makes his Tamil debut with Rajinikanth film Kaala, which also stars Nana Patekar and Huma Qureshi. In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, the actor revealed that he did not sign Kaala for its script or the role, but to meet the Superstar.

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Kaala and Rajinikanth through the eyes of a Dharavi resident

Kaala: Anand Raj, a Dharavi resident and a Rajinikanth fan club member in Mumbai, talks about witnessing his favourite Superstar on screen once again.

Kaala decoded: Pa Ranjith and Rajinikanth give us an epic with an Asura in the lead

Ranjith plays with the mythology in several more obvious ways — Nana Patekar’s character is named Hari. In more than one instance, Rajini is referred to as the ‘Asura kula Thalaivan (The leader of Asuras)’.

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‘Kaala’ fever: Want to pose like Rajinikanth? Anand Mahindra opens the ‘CAR THRONE’ for Thalaivar fans in Chennai

‘Kaala’ craze: Many employees struck Rajinikanth’s pose on the same black vehicle used by the megastar. Quite unsurprisingly, Thalaivar fans now want it to be opened for the public too.

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Rajinikanth’s Kaala will unite people: Huma Qureshi

In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.com, Kaala actor Huma Qureshi gets candid about her debut Tamil film, her experience of working with Rajinikanth and much more.

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Kaala box office prediction: Rajinikanth starrer expected to earn Rs 25-30 crore on its opening day

Kaala box office prediction: Seeing this madness of fans, it seems the Rajinikanth starrer is going to make a grand opening at the box office. Film trade analyst Girish Johar has predicted that Kaala will open in India (all languages) with a collection of Rs 25-30 crore approximately.

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Rajinikanth’s Kaala leaked on Tamilrockers; fans express disappointment

Kaala movie leaked online: Rajinikanth starrer Kaala has released in theaters today among much fanfare but piracy website Tamilrockers has already leaked the film online. This has caused disappointment among Rajini fans.