Born: December 12, 1950 (age 63),
Birthplace : Bangalore
Full name: Shivaji Rao Gaikwad
Spouse: Latha Rajinikanth (m. 1981)
Bio – Rajinikanth alias Shivaji Rao Gaikwad is a well known Indian film actor, cultural icon and media personality. He has acted in a number of Tamil and Hindi Indian films. Starting his career way back in 1975 with a Tamil Film Called Apoorva Raagangal that led him a national award for his incredible performance, he has been seen working with different nations based cinemas including from Hollywood industry as well. This versatile actor was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth and thus had a rough road. His childhood was tough and miserable wherein he was seen doing odd jobs. He also worked as a bus conductor in state transport buses in Bangalore. Besides he also worked with certain plays as a child actor in Bangalore and finally shifted to Madras (now Chennai) in the year 1973 wherein he enrolled for a diploma in acting at an institute called Madras Film Institute.
With a brief struggle in Madras, he was able to get his first break, which led him the prestigious award of Government of India, which followed a couple of films playing the negative character in the south Indian films. Gradually he rose himself to hold the status of matinee idol and thus was seen with a huge fan following. This things, which made him popular in the film industry was his unique mannerism and stylish kind of dialogue delivery. For incredible action based movies to his stylish characters, he embarked as a highly paid actor. His film Shivaji released in the year 2007 had the contract of 2.6 crore, which made him the second highest Asian actor (the first is Jackie Chan). His movies are a big hit in south India, wherein he has a huge fan following with certain people even call the God of the south.
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If you talk about the awards, he has been awarded with total 6 awards from Madras Film Industry, while 4 top actor awards and 2 special awards in the best actor category coming from Filmfare and other bigger names in this domain. He also has the privilege of getting India third most prestigious award called Padma Bhushan for his contribution in Indian Cinema. Apart from acting in a number of movies, Rajinikanth is also involved in a number of social causes. He is also a popular philanthropist and spiritualist and has the impact of Dravidian politics. He has also tried his luck in things like script writing and direction in a couple of movies. Peeping inside his personal life, he is a happily married couple with Latha Rangachari, whom he first met during an interview for his wife’s college in the year 1981. The couple has two children.