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Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: 5 interesting facts about the superstar that are proof of his unmatched glory

ZEE5 Web Desk

December 12, 2020

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Our beloved artist turns 70 today and here are some interesting facts about the actor to make you all well aware of Rajinikanth’s inspiring journey.

The world of glamour is filled with uncertainty and to survive here is quite a difficult task. Many skillful artists enter in style marking their presence but in no time they disappear too. But there are beloved stars like Rajinikanth who made it big starting from the ground level and are yet unbreakable. It’s his on-screen and off-screen persona that makes him the people’s superstar. With a career spanning over 45 years, the actor celebrates his 70th birthday today and the immense love from his fans continue to shower in.

An artist needs to maintain a balance between his personal and professional life, especially when you are Rajinikanth – The Thalaiva. And our beloved superstar has managed to do so and that’s one of the reasons we love him so much. On the eve of Rajinikanth’s 70th birthday, we bring you some interesting and unknown facts about the actor.

Take a look:

Shivaji Rao Gaikwad to Rajinikanth

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The name Rajinikanth spread like a wildfire in the era of no social media and that was the power of his on-screen charm and presence. Rajini’s unique style made a special place in the hearts of the audience. However, the actor’s original name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad, born and brought up in Bangalore. He grew up speaking Marathi and Kannada. Being a movie buff, Rajini joined the Madras film institute in the early 70s. After making his debut with a Kannada film, the actor got a big breakthrough in K Balchander’s Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal, and the rest is history.

Struggles And Hope

A still from Rajinikanth's 70s film
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Before getting his big break in the film industry, Rajinikanth used to work as a coolie, carpenter, and a bus conductor to earn a daily living. After joining the Madras film institute, the actor spent a lot of time learning the Tamil language with the accent and pure essence. And that dedication earned him many of his first projects and collaborations with director K Balchander.

Step By Step

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It was not a cherry-picking job to get an important role in a film. And similarly, Rajinikanth took each step very carefully beginning with smaller roles. In the first two years of his career, the actor got only negative roles to essay; be it of an abusive husband, a rapist, a womanizer, an adulterer, etc, but it was in 1977 when he first got to portray a positive role in the film Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri.

Being Thalaiva

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Rajinikanth went on to act in many super hit films and it was his unique style and dedication that got him some of the finest roles ever. The superstar bagged eleven Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan films like Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Laawaris, and Don among others. And that paved a way for the actor’s ‘All India Stardom’.

Birthday Bash Like No Other

Rajinikanth at an event
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Thalaiva’s birthday is celebrated like a festival every year where you can see fans bathing the actor’s cutouts with milk, everything like a tradition. And not just that, Rajini’s fan clubs organize blood donation, eye donation camps and also distribute food for the poor which makes it more than just a festival.

We wish our favourite superstar a very Happy Birthday, may he keep shining like always.

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