Rajinikanth is one of the most popular and influential film personalities in India, who is also a philanthropist and a cultural icon. He is well noted for his exceptional contributions to the Tamil Cinema, and in fact, he is much more than just an actor, an international icon and the most commended celebrity.
Before becoming a stardom, he worked as a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service (BTS), a carpenter, and a coolie. He caught he attention of K Balanchander during a drama in the film institute who introduced him to Tamil cinema with his film Apporva Raagnagal. From there, there was no turning back for the actor. He is currently shooting for Kaala, which is being directed by Pa Ranjith and produced by Dhanush.
Take a look at this biography that profiles detailed information about his childhood, acting career, personal life, family, height, weight, achievements, net worth and fun facts.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Rajini, Superstar, Thalaivar
Actor, Film Producer, Writer
Rajinikanth Personal Life
Rajini was born on December 12, 1950 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India and is currently 65 years old.
He went to Government Kannada Model Primary School in Gavipuram, Bengaluru. He studied acting and drama at Madras Film Institute in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Asian / Indian
- Father – Ramoji Rao Gaekwad
- Mother – Jijabai
- Siblings – Satyanarayana Rao (Brother) Nageshwara Rao (Brother) and Aswath Balubhai (Sister)
Latha (1981 -Present) Rajinikanth first met Latha Rangachari, who was student then, during an interview and they began dating each other. They got married on February 26, 1981 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The couple together have two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth.
Silk Smitha – He had a brief relationship with actress and glamour beauty Silk Smitha.
Rajinikanth Physical Stats
- In feet – 5 feet 8 inches
- In centimeters – 173 cm
- In meters -1.73 m
- In Kilograms – 73 Kg
- In Pounds – 161 lbs
- Chest – 40 inches
- Biceps – 12 inches
- Waist – 33 inches
Black and White
- Actor – Kamal Haasan, Amitabh Bachchan, Sylvester Stallone
- Actress – Rekha, Hema Malini
- Musician – Ilayaraja
- Food – South Indian Cuisine
- Favorite Place – The Himalayas
- Sport – Cricket
- Politician – Lee Kuan, Former Prime Minister of Singapore
- Books – Ponniyin Selvan by Kalki and Amma Vanthal by T Janakiraman
Rajinikanth Professional Statistics
He made his acting debut in the 1975 Tamil film, Apoorva Raagangal.
Kalaimamani, 1984 – Government of Tamil Nadu
MGR Award, 1989 – Government of Tamil Nadu
Padma Bhusan, 2000 – Government of India
Raj Kapoor Award, 2007 – Government of Maharashtra
Indian Entertainer of the Year, 2007 – NDTV
Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema, 2007 – Vijay Awards
MGR-Sivaji Award, 2011 – Government of Tamil Nadu
Entertainer of the Decade, 2011 – NDTV
Most Stylish actor, 2011 – NDTV
The 25 Greatest Global Living Legends, 2013 – NDTV
Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year, 2014 – International Film Festival of India
Padma Vibhushan, 2016 – Government of India
Cinema Express Awards – 1984, 84, 88, 91, 92, 93, 95
Filmfans Association Awards – 1979, 82, 84, 85, 91, 92, 93, 95
Filmfare Awards South – 1984
South Screen Awards – 1995
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards – 1978, 82, 89, 95, 99, 2005, 2007
Vijay Awards – 2007, 09, 10, 14
Rajinikanth Style Quotient
Cars & Bikes
Rajinikanth has a few collection of cars like Premier Padmini Fiat, Chevrolet Tavera, Toyota Innova, a Bently, and a Range Rover.
He owns a luxury house in Poes Garden, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The house boast all features and amenities.
Rajinikanth Net worth
Rajinikanth is a most popular icon in the entertainment industry and has a net worth of US$55 million. He is one of the highest paid Indian actors in the business and the most bankable star of South Indian film industry. His upcoming movie 2.0, sequel of 2010 film Enthiran, is the most expensive movie in the history of Indian cinema.
Connect with Rajinikanth
Alongside acting in movies, he is also very much active on Twitter. Follow him on.
Twitter – superstarrajini
Rajinikanth Lesser Known Facts
Rajinikanth is a Maharashtrian by birth and proclaims himself as a Tamilian because of being in Tamil Nadu for more than four decades and was widely accepted by Tamils.
Despite having interest in acting, the poverty of his family forced him to do odd jobs. His friend, Raj Bahadur, motivated and funded him to learn acting in Madras Film Institute.
K. Balachander gave him a small role in his film Apporva Raagnagal after he found his acting skills, which marked his Tamil debut. They both worked in several films after that.
Rajinikanth was rumoured to be romantically linked with several actress before his marriage with Latha Rangachari. He met her in an interview and proposed to her the same day. Their marriage took place on 26 February 1981, in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
He is a ardent devotee of Baba and occasionally flee for pilgrimage to The Himalayas. He used to go to Hindui temples before the release of his films.
Bloodstone was his debut and only English film of all time during his career.
Rajini became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan in 2007. He was paid Rs 26 crore for Sivaji.
He is the only Indian actor to be featured in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus, in a lesson titled From Bus Conductor to Superstar.
Known for simplicity and down to earth person, Rajinikanth never be late for shootings. He will not meet visitors after 9 pm.
Rajinikanth has worked with all popular actress, of which Sripriya is only actress to have worked with him in more than 27 movies. Likewise, Meena is the only actress to have worked with him as child artist and as heroine.
Rajini is popularly known for his style quotient and fast delivery of dialogues. Many used to practise his style of tossing cigarette, which was popular that time. He no more smokes or drinks.
Fans of Rajinikanth in Tamil Nadu have continuously speculated on his entry in politics, particularly to run for Chief Minister of the state since 1996.
On December 31, 2017, he announced that he’ll definitely plunge into politics and will face the 2021 elections with his own political party, contesting at all constituencies in Tamil Nadu.