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Friday, January 24, 2020


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.


Periyar row: Madras HC dismisses petition against Rajinikanth

January 24, 2020 1:27 pm

The case pertains to the actor's speech on January 14 at an event of Tamil magazine Thuglak where he had claimed that Periyar had taken out a rally with undressed images of Lord Ram and Sita and that no news outlet barring Thuglak had published the same.

Why are you silent, AIADMK minister questions Rajinikanth fans on Periyar row

January 24, 2020 1:01 pm

Rajinikanth is an honest man, he speaks from his heart and the people have accepted whatever he spoke, the Tamil Nadu Minister Rajendra Balaji had said.

Periyar remark: Protesters attempt to lay seige to Rajinikanth's house, security beefed up

January 22, 2020 6:09 pm

More than 50 police personnel have been deployed near Rajinikanth’s residence and vehicular movement have been restricted near ‘Raghavendra Avenue’. Moreover, people staying close to the actor’s residence are been allowed only after an inquiry.

'Rajinikanth should talk on JNU, Kashmir if keen on entering politics': Karti Chidambaram on Periyar row

January 22, 2020 11:02 am

"Is a debate on Periyar the most relevant topic today for Rajinikanth," Karti Chidambaram asked.

Celebrities laud Rajinikanth for taking a stand in Periyar row

January 21, 2020 4:49 pm

Actor Khushbu Sundar is among those who have lauded Rajinikanth for not being politically correct and taking a stand regarding his remarks against social reformer Periyar E V Ramasamy.

Rajinikanth refuses to apologise for Periyar remark; 'think and speak', urges Stalin

January 21, 2020 9:54 pm

When asked about DK leaders refuting his claims, Rajinikanth said: “It was not (an incident) to be denied but to be forgotten…” The DK party has asked the actor should either apologise or produce copies of the Thuglak magazine from 1971 to validate his claims.

Case against Rajinikanth for ‘defaming’ Periyar

January 18, 2020 9:49 am

DVK chief Kolathur Mani said Rajinikanth uttered a “blatant lie that the images of Lord Ram and Sita were taken nude to a rally, which was held as part of a superstition eradication conference in 1971 in Salem”.

2020 Pongal belongs to Rajinikanth and Dhanush

January 15, 2020 10:10 pm

While Rajinikanth's Darbar, which was released on January 9, is maintaining its stronghold—today, Pattas, starring Dhanush, has hit the screens.

Rajinikanth public meeting Highlights: Rajini begins speech, talks about Cho Ramaswamy

January 14, 2020 9:24 pm

Thuglak Magazine 50th Anniversary LIVE Updates: Catch the latest news in Chennai as we bring you live updates on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Thuglak magazine.

Darbar box office collection: Rajinikanth film earns Rs 150 crore

January 14, 2020 7:44 am

AR Murugadoss directorial Darbar, starring Rajinikanth, Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty, Nivetha Thomas, Yogi Babu and Prateik Babbar, had a blockbuster opening weekend.


Celebrity social media photos: Ram Charan, Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty and others

January 15, 2020 5:28 pm

Ram Charan and Soundarya Rajinikanth celebrated Sankranthi and Pongal, respectively.

Darbar fever grips the country

January 09, 2020 10:25 pm

Rajinikanth starrer Darbar has hit screens across India. The cop actioner also features Nayanthara, Suniel Shetty, Nivetha Thomas, Prateik Babbar, Nawab Shah and Yogi Babu among others in pivotal roles.

Inside Darbar pre-release event in Hyderabad

January 05, 2020 8:58 am

Rajinikanth, AR Murugadoss, Nivetha Thomas, Suniel Shetty, Anirudh Ravichander and others attended the pre-release event of Darbar in Hyderabad.

Rajinikanth turns 69: Rare photos of Thalaivar

December 12, 2019 9:01 am

It is Superstar Rajinikanth's 69th birthday today. In a career spanning over four decades, Rajini has acted in several films and multiple industries. Let us take a look at his rare photos.

Inside IFFI 2019 opening ceremony

November 21, 2019 7:40 am

The 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kicked off in Goa on Wednesday. Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar and others attended the opening ceremony.

Rajinikanth, Mani Ratnam and others at the inauguration of Raaj Kamal Films International's new office

November 08, 2019 4:30 pm

Kamal Haasan's production house Raaj Kamal Films International's new office got inaugurated on Friday. Rajinikanth, Vairamuthu and Mani Ratnam among others graced the event.

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

August 18, 2019 2:44 pm

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

April 26, 2019 6:39 am

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

April 23, 2019 8:19 am

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

April 22, 2019 12:12 pm

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


2.0: Audience Review

November 29, 2018 5:07 pm

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

November 28, 2018 9:22 pm

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.