Probably one of the biggest icons of Indian Cinema, Superstar Rajnikanth was born on 12th December, 1950 in a Maratha family. He turns 68 today. Starting as a bus conductor and going on to become one of the highest paid film stars, Rajnikanth’s journey is a true source of inspiration. His on-screen persona, larger than life portrayal of characters and off-screen simplicity has earned him fan across the world. He delivers enduring performances to all of his movies.
For a generation of viewers who know him as a king of style from flipping of cigarette to signature style of putting on sunglasses after flipping it with their fingers, Rajnikant has mesmerized us with his style over the years.
On the occasion of his 68th Birthday, we here are delighted to share some of the long forgotten and unknown facts about this superstar. Here they are:-
- Now known as Rajnikanth, he was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on 12th December 1950. His mother Ramabai is a housewife, and Ramaji Rao Gaekwad worked as a Police constable in Bangalore, Mysore state.
- After completion of education, Rajnikanth continues to perform various jobs in the cities of Bangalore and Madras, including coolie and carpenter and finally ended up working in Bangalore Transport service (BTS), as a bus conductor.
- Though his family was not fully supportive of his decision to join him in acting institute, his friend and one of his co-worker supported and motivated him to join the acting institute, financially supported him during his struggle.
- Rajnikanth was noticed in a Kannada play at the Film Insitute by director K Balachander. The director advised him to learn to speak Tamil.
- In addition to acting, he has also worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career. He is also a philanthropist, spiritualist, and serves as an influence in Dravidian politics.
- The Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and at the 45th International Film Festival of India, 2014, he was conferred with the “Centenary Award For Indian Film Personality of the Year”.
- Rajnikanth is also the only Indian actor to be featured in the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE), syllabus, in a lesson titled ‘From a bus conductor to Superstar’.
- He was named by Forbes India as the most influential Indian of the year of 2010 and 2011, he was awarded the Entertainer of the Decade Award by NDTV for the year 2010 by the Indian Minister of Home affairs P.Chidambaram.
Rajnikanth’s recent sci-fi film 2.0 has bagged over Rs 500 crore at the worldwide box office which has broken all records. Petta is Rajnikanth’s next film.
From everyone at Just Don’t Read, we wish you a very happy birthday and good luck in his coming years.