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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Rajinikanth and Nayanthara shoot for a cricket sequence in Darbar, see photos

The AR Murugadoss directorial Darbar is currently being shot in Mumbai. The latest photos from the sets show Rajinikanth and Nayanthara out in a green field possibly filming a fun cricket sequence.

Nayanthara joins the sets of Darbar

Director AR Murugadoss will be teaming up with Nayanthara after a gap of fourteen years. The duo last worked together in the hit 2005 action film Ghajini.


Rajinikanth: Will contest Tamil Nadu assembly polls if AIADMK fails to get majority

In the 234-member Assembly, Chief Minister K Palaniswami-led AIADMK currently has the support of 108 MLAs and needs to win at least nine bypolls to retain the majority.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth and Ajith cast their vote

Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith, Suriya and Karthi were among the early voters as voting for the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu began on Thursday.

Prateik Babbar to play the antagonist in Rajinikanth's Darbar

It will be the first time Prateik Babbar is working with superstar Rajinikanth and filmmaker AR Murugadoss.

From Thanga Pathakkam to Darbar: Tamil cinema’s love for Khaki

In Tamil cinema, cop-based outings have always proved to be a winning formula at the box office. From Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Vikram to Ajith, Suriya, Karthi and Vijay Sethupathi, almost every actor worth his salt has played the cop.


Darbar first look: Superstar Rajinikanth to don the cop's uniform after 25 years

Directed by AR Murugadoss, Darbar stars Superstar Rajinikanth and Nayanthara in the lead roles. The music of the film will be composed by Anirudh Ravichander.

Rajinikanth movie Darbar first look unveiled: Highlights

Rajinikanth movie Darbar first look unveiled highlights: Directed by AR Murugadoss, Darbar stars Superstar Rajinikanth and Nayanthara in the lead roles.

Rajinikanth arrives in Mumbai for Darbar shoot

Post Darbar's first look announcement, Rajinikanth was snapped by shutterbugs upon his arrival in Mumbai on Tuesday evening. Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama, the actor looked serene and happy as he waved at the photographers.

Rajinikanth backs river-interlinking project promised in BJP manifesto

Speaking to reporters outside his home in Chennai, the actor-turned-politician said that BJP has promised to undertake the project in their 2019 poll manifesto and people would be happy if it is executed.

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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.

Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal wedding: SRK, Salman, Deepika, Rajinikanth and others in attendance

Mukesh and Nita Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani tied the knot with Anand Piramal on Wednesday at the Ambani residence Antilia. Eminent Bollywood and sports personalities marked their presence at the event.

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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.