Rajinikanth is one of Indian cinema’s most important and most banking film stars. The popularity and appeal of Rajinikanth is largely based on his mannerisms and stylised dialogue.

On 12 December 1950 in Bangalore, Karnataka he was born into a marathi family. His name was Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, his childhood. His dad was an assassin and his mom was a housewife.

Everyone in south knows him by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, but his real is “Shivaji Roa“. His ancestors are from the village of NachiKuppam in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu.

For his contribution to Indian cinema, he won India’s third highest honor, the Padma Bhushan. Rajinikanth was a screenwriter, film producer and a playback singer, apart from acting.

. He has three elderly siblings. He has two brothers and a sister.  His mother died when he was only nine.


He did his schooling at banglore,where he was enrolled in”Ramakrishna Math”by his elder brother .His intrest towards theatre grew here.Rajini’s desire to become an actor sparkled at young age when he did his initial performance as Ekalavya’s friend from the hindu epic”Mahabharata” which earned him name and fame.

His performance was even applauded by the kannada poet D.R.Bendre.On an occasion in his school at Acharya Pathasala,he performed the villainous role of Duryodhana from the play Kurukshetra.


In the town of Seshadripuram in Bangalore, Shivajis worked briefly in Mysore Machinery. Later, at ten paces in a sack, a relative gave him a job loading rice bags on trucks.

The time was long, the work was difficult and the salary obviously was a pittance, but Shivaji was earning some money at least.

At this moment Satyanarayana (his elder brother) decided to intervene.

He talked to his relative Venkoba Rao, who was a senior inspector in the police, and he got a job as a bus driver, instead of roaming around plays and weird jobs and not knowing when he was going or coming, or just just sitting idly around, which is not correct.

It wasn’t as simple as Rao’s recommendation and the job was given ; Shivaji had to sit and take a driver’s license for the entrance exam.

Shivaji has cleared the examination, obtained his license and receives a Bangalore Transport Service Bus driver badge, still locally known as the BTS, although the official name is now the lordly Bangalore Transport Corporation. It was 1970.

Before he joined the BTS, Shivaji clearly remembers his flux time. I’m a common man. I was an office boy, a coolie, a carpenter before I was a bus driver, he remembers.

Shivaji met the person he described as his best friend today at BTS. Raja Badhar was the bus driver, Shivaji as conductor

In issuing tickets, no one has been faster than him, ‘ recalls Badhar. ‘ He would give out flourishing tickets, change the style of the return. Everything was about style. Passengers ‘ astonishment would look.


During this period he encountered at the Madras Film Institute an advert for the acting classes and he decided to join his family’s wish. During his course, his friend and colleague Raj Bahadur financially supported him

During a screening at the institute, Tamil film director K Balachander noticed that he was learning Tamil, and Rajinikanth followed this without further delay.

He debuted in Tamil with ‘ Apoorva Raagangal ‘ (1975) in a cinema that supported Srividya as an abusive husband. Three national awards were presented and the movie was well received.

The following year he was directed by Puttanna Kanagal in Kannada with ‘ Katha Sangama. ‘

In ‘ Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri ‘ (1977), Director S. P. Muthuraman fully revamped Rajinikanth’s onscreen image and then experimented with her in his role in the first half of the film and later as a protagonist.

Here he took turns in his career from an actor to an artist who not only fascinated but teared his audience.

In films like ‘ 16 Vayadhinilae, ‘ ‘ Moondru Mudichu ‘ and ‘ Avargal, ‘ Rajinikanth took a number of villainous rolls in from 1975 to 1977. Rajinikanth had gained enormous popularity in South towards the end of the 1980s. Suddenly he decided to stop acting.

He returned with ‘ Billa, ‘ a Bollywood film reworked, ‘ Don. ‘ The film was a huge commercial success due to its twin role. The hits of ‘ Pakkiri Raja, ‘ ‘ Thanikattu Mahaan Alla, ‘ ‘ Pudukavithai ‘ and ‘ Moondru Mugam ‘ have taken place following ‘ Billa. ‘ A series of hits have followed.


His first movie in tollywood was “Anthuleni katha”which was released on 27.02.1976 and made a huge sucess to him .Later he acted in many movies like”Chilakamma chepindhi”in 1977 by Eranki Sharma,”Tholireyi Gadchindhi”in 1977 by k.S Rami Reddy,Aame Katha by K.Raghavendra Roa,Annadammula Savaal by K.S.R.Das,Vayasu pilchindi by C.V Sridhar,Andhamina Anubhavam by K.Balachander,Amma Evarikaina Amma by R.Thyagarajan,Ram Robert Rahim by Vijaya Nirmala,Kali by I.V.Sasi,Ethe Naasaval by Puratchidasan,Nyayam Meere Cheppali by G.Rammohan Roa,Jeevana Poratam by Rajachandra,Peddarayudu by Ravi Raja Pinisetty,Kathanayakudu by P.vasu,etc like this many movies gave him a lot of memories in his life .


A Chance Interview & Love At First Sight: For many in the Indian movie industry he has been a role model and a decent character. Were you aware that the superstar was fallen for a girl who visited him for an interview with a college magazine? Would you like to know the details of the super – cute wedding? We’re going to go here …

It was the year 1980,Rajinikanth had been busy working in his mentor K. Balachander’s Tamil movie Thillu Mullu, the remake of the 1979 comedy Golmaal from Bollywood. The movie was the first full – length comedy movie by K. Balachander.

He received an interview request for a college magazine during the filming of the movie. Rajinikanth forced him to face up to one of the most beautiful faces he ever saw in moments.

 It was a lady named Latha Rangachari. Little did the then 30-something Rajinikanth know that by the end of the interview he would be proposing to the 23-something Latha Rangachari, who was a student at the Ethiraj College for Women.

The interview changed the perception of the superstar which Latha Rangachari had harboured in her mind. She realised that in spite of being at the heights of success of popularity.

Once Rajinikanth and Latha had both received a node from their families, they were all married. It has been one of the happiest moments of their lives since a long time. The wedlock was scheduled for 26 February 1981.

At the famous Lord Balkaji temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, Rajinikanth and Latha have chosen a traditional South Indian marriage.It was largely a private affair, with only close friends from both sides of industry and the family.

As we know today, the marriage between Latha Rajinikanth was rock solid. The couple were blessed in 1982 with Aishwarya’s first daughter and in 1984 they had Soundarya as second daughter.



YearHonoring bodyAward
2016Government of IndiaPadma Vibhushan[11]
2016NTR National Award[12]Nandi Awards
2014International Film Festival of IndiaCentenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year[9][10]
2013NDTVThe 25 Greatest Global Living Legends[8]
2011NDTVEntertainer of the Decade[4]
2011Government of Tamil NaduMGR-Sivaji Award[5]
2011NDTVMost Stylish actor[6][7]
2007NDTVIndian Entertainer of the Year[2]
2007Government of MaharashtraRaj Kapoor Award
2007Vijay AwardsChevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema[3]
2000Government of IndiaPadma Bhushan[1]
1989Government of Tamil NaduMGR Award
1984Government of Tamil NaduKalaimamani


1984Best ActorNallavanuku Nallavan
1985Best ActorSri Raghavendra
1988Best AchieverBloodstone
1991Best ActorThalapathy
1992Best ActorAnnamalai
1993Best Story WriterValli
1995Best ActorBaashha, Muthu

Filimfans Association Awards:

1979Best ActorAarilirunthu Arubathu Varai
1982Best ActorEnkeyo Ketta Kural
1984Best ActorNallavanuku Nallavan
1985Best ActorSri Raghavendra
1991Best ActorThalapathy
1992Best ActorAnnamalai
1993Best Story WriterValli
1995Best ActorBaashha, Muthu

Filmfare Awards South:

1984Best ActorNallavanukku Nallavan
2007Best ActorSivaji
2010Best ActorEnthiran
2016Best ActorKabali

South Screen Awards:

1995Best ActorPeddarayudu

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

1978Special AwardMullum Malarum
1982Special AwardMoondru Mugam
1989Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award- MGR AwardVarious films
1995Best ActorMuthu
1999Best ActorPadayappa
2005Best ActorChandramukhi
2007Best ActorSivaji

Vijay Awards

2007Favourite Hero[15]Sivaji
2009Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Indian CinemaChevalier Sivaji Ganesan
2010Best Villain[16]Enthiran
2014Favourite HeroLingaa