Rajinikanth biography


BornShivaji Rao Gaekwad 12 December 1950 
Bangalore, Mysore State, India.
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm actor, producer, screenwriter, playback singer.
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
Years active1975–present
Spouse(s)Latha Rangachari
  • Aishwarya R. Dhanush
  • Soundarya R. Ashwin


Rajinikanth was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in a Maratha family in Karnataka, India, fourth child of his parents, Jijabai and Ramojirao Gaekwad, a police constable. He was a bus conductor before moved to Chennai and joined the film institute. It was here that he caught the eye of K. Balachander, a director known for introducing talented, new faces into the tamil film industry.
Rajinikanth's first film was in Tamil cinema, where he was initially cast in supporting roles, debuting as a cancer patient in Apoorva Raagangal in 1975. In the year Rajinikanth acted in his first Kannada film, Katha Sangama, directed by Puttanna Kanagal. He has been superstar for the past 25 years. After establishing himself as a lead actor in a number of commercially successful films, he began to be referred to as a "superstar".

personal life

Rajinikanth married Latha Rangachari, on 26 February 1981, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The couple have two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth


Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. Rajinikanth received the Kalaimamani award in 1984 and the M. G. R. Award in 1989, both from the Government of Tamil Nadu. He was  named by Forbes India as the most influential Indian of the year 2010. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000.

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